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  •  Utterly heartbreaking ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Billybones, rserven

    ... my Mexican partner and I are one of the estimated 36,000 bi-national LGBT couples who are discriminated against daily. This is such a betrayal, especially from Senators Schumer and Feinstein. It would have been so easy to call the GOP's bluff on this one instead of caving in, yet again. It's tough enough to watch the LGBT community be used time and again as a wedge in partisan politics, but for it to happen at this moment in time, when public opinion is so clearly moving in favor of legalizing same-sex unions, it's particularly disheartening. So now our fate is in the hands of the SCOTUS as they weigh the merits of DOMA. Please forgive me for being just a tad cynical about how THAT will turn out.

    Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.

    by george in san diego on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:10:23 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, this is nauseating to me too (2+ / 0-)
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      george in san diego, rserven

      It's proved once again that Democratic support for LGBTs is a mile wide & an inch deep. They throw us under the bus every time when it matters most. They want us to vote for them & donate to their campaigns, & then after the election to just STFU already.

      Last time I checked, it was the REPUBLICANS who needed to move on the immigration issue. So why is it that the DEMOCRATS are the ones doing all the compromising & back-pedaling? Why not include the same-sex couples provision & dare Republicans to withdraw their support & then have explain to Latino voters that they had no choice but to block immigration reform because of the gays? After all, they are the ones who will pay the price if immigration reform fails.

      My fear was always that we would end up with a law that is heavy on enforcement while weak & provisional on a pathway citizenship or at least legal status for all the immigrants currently living in the shadows. That fear is closer to realization. Even worse, now we would end up with an immigration law that codifies rank discrimination. I read earlier today that the same-sex couples provision was withdrawn from consideration by the Judiciary Committee at the behest of President Obama. Apparently he just wants something he can slap a signature on, never mind the details. Just nauseating. But by now not the least bit surprising.

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