Second Class

Immigration Reform Is Close To Happening–But Not For Us

The Gang of Eight, a group of Democratic and Republican Senators who fancy themselves Crips and Bloods, is reportedly close to a deal on immigration reform. One guess who isn’t going to be included in the mix. You’re right: same-sex bi-national couples.

Got a partner (or even spouse) from another country? Tough luck. Unless she or he has all the relevant paper work, as far as the Gang of Eight is concerned, it’s bon voyage. Gangster John McCain had previously indicated that protections for LGBT non-residents was a deal breaker, and apparently he’s getting his way. (Afterwards, he will go out on his front porch and shake his fist at any kids that play on his lawn.)

Of course, Congress may be deciding once again to let the Supreme Court do the work it can’t bring itself to do. If DOMA is struck down, then spouses of U.S. residents could have a clear path to citizenship. In the meantime, Congress can once again duck the hard work of actually voting to protect LGBT people, something it’s gotten very good at.

Photo: Gage Skidmore

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  • Caleb in SC

    John McCain is a fossil. I loved it when he had to have Sarah Palin come to Arizona and campaign for him to get reelected. That was the most humiliating moment of his career, and I hope he feels that pain every day of his miserable existence.

  • 2eo

    Show of hands for those who think McCain should have stayed in Vietnam?

    Poor taste, perhaps but I’m not the vicious hateful [email protected] with a hand in policy making for a world power like this clamp armed fucker.

  • Dionte

    I won’t protect him either.

  • niles

    This articles is not exactly correct in the assertion that the law will not help
    gay couples. While it is true that one partner cannot sponsor another for
    citizenship (which is complicated by DOMA also), if the partner is an undocumented
    immigrant already living here, he or she may apply for legal status just as anyone
    else. There are many such couples (including my own), so I welcome this legislation
    as a good first step.


    I am from and in Arizona, the IDIOT McCain, did not born in the USA! try “PANAMA”.

  • DarkZephyr

    If DOMA is struck down, then McCain’s homophobia about this will be moot. And I wish I could see his face if and when it IS struck down.

  • tdx3fan

    @DOFEK: If you would understand immigration and naturalization law you would realize that he was born in the Panama Canal region to two American born parents which makes him an American born citizen.

    That being said, it really is disgraceful that this bill must go through (if it does) without any way for lesbian and gay couples to sponsor their spouses. It is truly sad when you allow gays and lesbians to fight and die for your country but not to experience the same benefits as a straight person.

  • tdx3fan

    @DarkZephyr: It will be a sigh of relief. To be honest, I am not even sure how homophobic McCain really is behind the scenes. He knows where his base is and he is going to pander to it. If gay rights became the law of the land then it would remove them entirely from politics. If that happened, the Republicans would actually gain more voters than it would lose. There are plenty of moderates that would go Republican if it was not for their stance on gay rights. The problem is that they can not win an election by supporting gay rights until that happens.

  • Cam

    John McCain’s campaign manager and former chief of Staff as well as somebody he promoted from his mail-room all the way up to those positions is Mark Buse, who is gay.

    What a sick bigot that he will promote them, work with them, let them run his political life, but of course can’t give them any civil rights.

    And don’t get me started on the guy working for him…

  • jeff4justice

    Down with the 2party system charade.


    @tdx3fan: That is not the issue IDIOT! he cannot be president as one that born out of the USA. AdamHomo

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