Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:31 AM
DonViejo (17,979 posts)
"If We Are Truly Created Equal" - By Andrew Sullivan
McCain says that bi-national gay spouses being ripped apart or being forced to live abroad isn't of "paramount importance":
Chris Geidner and Zeke Miller report that the president feels differently:
Same-sex couples will be a part of the proposal for addressing immigration reform that President Obama is scheduled to unveil Tuesday in Las Vegas, BuzzFeed has confirmed with multiple sources familiar with the White House plan. A Democratic source said: "Same-sex couples will be part of his proposal." A second source confirmed that, unlike the Senate framework released Monday, same-sex bi-national couples — those with one American and one foreign partner — will be included in the White House principles.
That's a huge achievement for those of us committed to Immigration Equality (I'm on the board). And a great and important statement from the president. Margaret Hartmann fears that bringing "gay rights and religious freedom into the debate sounds like a good way to make sure immigration reform never passes." I do not see how religious freedom can in any way be affected by allowing Glenn Greenwald to live in the US with his partner. Adam Clark Estes zooms out:
No matter what happens from here on out, it's becoming apparent that the gay rights movement is about to latch on to the push for immigration reform. And why shouldn't they? The point of reform is to fix things that are broken, and as the country moves towards greater equality for people of all sexual orientations, why should same sex couples be left out? Well, it could get tricky. If the conversation turns too sharply in the direction of gay rights, the larger immigration reform process could get bogged down or even stuck in the mud completely.
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"If We Are Truly Created Equal" - By Andrew Sullivan (Original post)
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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:38 PM
Bluenorthwest (45,172 posts)
1. Immigration has always been a major focus in the LGBT community...
Several attempts to rectify the glaring injustice have been made over many past years. John Kerry, now Sec of State Kerry, has been a long time active advocate of making our immigration laws fair to same sex couples.
A wiki review of the Uniting American Families Act: