Obama: Including LGBTs in Immigration Reform Is the “Right Thing to Do”

The LGBT community should be treated like everybody else. That’s the essential core principle behind our founding documents. The idea that we’re all created equal and we’re equal before the law…And so Senator Leahy may present this provision in committee, it may be presented on the floor. It will be one of many amendments and provisions, some of which I support. Some of which I think are really bad ideas…I can tell you I think that the provision is the right thing to do. I’ll also tell you that I’m not going to get everything I want in this bill. Republicans are not going to get everything they want in this bill.”

President Obama at a press conference in Costa Rica addressing his contentious battle with Congress over the immigration reform bill, via Towleroad.

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  • Kenover

    The President has got our backs…for the first time ever.

  • Caleb in SC

    He’s now fully onboard and is setting the tone for future elections. You go on with your bad-assed self, President Obama!

  • viveutvivas

    Well, instead of taking the lead on this, he’s pretty much saying he’s a spectator, he won’t get it, and there’s nothing he can do.

    It should not matter if DOMA gets struck down by the Supremes, which hopefully will happen this year, although isn’t guaranteed either.

  • viveutvivas

    Actually, strike that last remark. It will matter a lot to couples where one lives in a state without gay marriage.

  • Brian

    Oh, go away, Mr President. I find it offensive that you are using the gay rights issue to get us to support amnesty for law-breaking illegals.

    Why haven’t you enacted ENDA, Mr President. Still stringing us gays along, are you?

  • Badger88

    @Brian: Contrary to popular belief, Obama is not an absolute monarch who is capable of enacting ENDA by decree. I’m guessing that’s the reason.

  • hyhybt

    But is it a tasty way to do it?

  • tdx3fan

    It may be the “right thing to do,” and it may be passed and it may be…. Hell, that is a lot of maybe. The truth is, the President needs a win right now pretty damn desperately, and he will throw us under the buss as fast as possible to pass his immigration reform. There is no way immigration reform will pass while it includes a redefinition of the family, so be realistic and do not get your hopes to dashed when gay and lesbian sponsorship never enters into the bill.

  • fredo777

    @Kenover: “The President has got our backs…for the first time ever.”


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