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Tue May 7, 2013, 10:36 PM

Patrick Leahy proposes same-sex amendments

Source: Politico

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) proposed two amendments to the Gang of Eight immigration legislation to extend legal rights to gay couples, one of whom is foreign born.

Leahy’s move Tuesday to file the amendments doesn’t mean they will be offered when his committee begins to mark up immigration reform on Thursday. But it leaves the option open for him to do so, either in committee or during Senate floor debate.

The move will spark a contentious fight over gay rights and illegal immigration that has the potential to shatter the immigration deal. If Leahy offers the amendments in committee where Democrats hold a 10-8 majority, it is likely to pass and could endanger the overall reform effort if Republicans make good on their threats to oppose the bill.

Republican members of the Gang of Eight opposed including the language regarding same-sex partners in the initial measure because they view it as a deal-breaker for conservatives.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/patrick-leahy-to-offer-same-sex-amendments-91036.html?hp=f2



I understand his point, but I'm concerned that it'll act as a poison pill.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 11:20 PM

1. I don't care if it does.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 11:43 PM

2. Point well taken .. especially when teabaggers think everyone's a terrorist>>>>

can't you just hear one of these dumb nuts claiming that's how terrorist will sneak into the country .. they'll play gay and marry to get into the U.S. to plan their destruction. I say come on in guys .. I think middle eastern men are hot hot hot .. I'm looking for a hot husband anyway.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed May 8, 2013, 01:40 AM

3. The Republicans will defeat it anyhow.

But I'm not inclined to care if it's a "poison pill" or not. If they oppose it on that basis, let the masses vote out the Republicans.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed May 8, 2013, 06:21 AM

4. If doing the right thing were a poison pill, I'd like to see many more "poison pills" proposed.

Do you know any same-sex couples where one partner is a US citizen and the other is not? I do. It sucks for them.

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