MAY 13 2011 VOLUME 42 ISSUE 19 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama’s speech this week calling for abipartisan approach to immigration reform lackedexplicit mention of the plight of bi-national gay couples,
but LGBT rights supporters are hoping his emphasis onfamily uniﬁcation was a hint of his support.In his address Tuesday at the Chamizal NationalMemorial Park in El Paso, Texas, Obama emphasized
passage of comprehensive immigration reform in
Congress would have beneﬁts for both the economic
prosperity and border security of the country whilemaking no explicit mention of the plight that many gay
families face under current immigration laws.
On the economic beneﬁts of immigration reform,Obama said enacting new legislation would enableimmigrants who come to the United States to attendcollege to stay in the country to use their education to
advance the economy.“But our laws discourage them from using those skills
to start a business or power a new industry right here
Will immigration reform include gays?
‘Outrage’ as gay man’skiller gets 12 years
Court records unsealed; victim
shot 5 times at point-blank range
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
The United States Attorney’s ofﬁce this week reversed
an earlier decision to seal court records showing theoutcome of its case against two young men chargedwith ﬁrst-degree murder while armed for the January
2010 shooting death of gay Maryland resident GordonRivers in Southeast Washington.At the request of the U.S. Attorney’s ofﬁce, a D.C.Superior Court judge on Wednesday unsealed recordsshowing that District resident William X. Wren, 18,had been sentenced on Jan. 26 to 12 years in prison
after pleading guilty to shooting Rivers ﬁve times atpoint-blank range inside Rivers’ car during a botched
robbery.Wren, who was 17 at the time of the murder, wascharged as an adult.The unsealed records show that Wren agreed to
plead guilty last October in exchange for a governmentoffer to lower the charge against him from ﬁrst-degreefelony murder while armed to second-degree murder
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said this week that enactingcomprehensive immigration reform would contributeto border security and boost the economy, but hedidn’t mention the plight of same-sex bi-national
couples in his speech.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Obama fails tomention same-sexcouples in speech
Built with pride
Montgomery CountyLGBT group raising
money to rehab home
with Habitat for Humanity.
Decades of faith
MCC-D.C. celebrates40 years of pro-LGBT
gospel ministry with
events starting tonight.