So the story began in 2002 when Anton Tanumihardja came to US on tourist visa….soon after his visa expired, he applied for asylum which was rejected. The immigration asked him to leave US on Monday, Feb 12, which is on Valentine’s Day. Anton believes that if he’s going back to Indonesia, he couldn’t “practice” his lifestyle as freely as he could in US. Therefore, Anton, his partner, Brian Andersen, and his attorney, Lavi Soloway, tried to fight for Anton’s asylum case, which sits between gay rights and immigration reform. Finally, 3 hours before his deportation flight, Federal immigration officials sent a stay of deportation letter that allowed Anton to stay in US until further notice.
The issue of homosexual is not a new thing for me. It has been in the history since Sodom and Gomorah (Genesis 19) and it continues until nowadays. If you asked me, “what’s your stand against homosexual?” My answer would be clear. I don’t agree with it and it’s wrong. I’m not saying this without a basis. Leviticus 18:22 clearly says that “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Moreover, the way God created humans in Genesis 2:21-25 explains clearly that the marriage is between male and female, not male and male, or female and female.
If you are thinking differently, I’m not here to judge you, since it’s not my position to do so. I’m just telling you this based on my conviction of what’s right in God’s eyes.
As far as Anton’s case, I would say that he has my sympathy, not because he is gay, but because I can understand his desire to stay here in US legally. I am now battling the same thing too. My working visa is almost expired and due to paperwork issue, it’s hard for me to be here in US legally without finding another company who would willing to sponsor me another working visa. I think US government should ease up the process of getting a legal working status for people who can contribute to US economy. People like Anton, who I’m sure working really hard at his Deli Store, should be given chance to stay and work in US. He’s not here to “steal” US Citizen’s chance to get a job. He’s here to make his end’s meet.
I’m sure you all have stories like this that you could share in the comments section below. Or, if you have your own opinion towards Anton’s case, please leave me a comment also. I would be happy to know what’s your thought regarding this issue.
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