Monday, September 13, 2010

Same-sex marriage debate is coupled with immigration reform debate, like it or not

Once again, the issue of gay marriage and its nexus with immigration reform has come up in a story Monday September 13, 2010 in The Washington Post, “Immigration overhaul could leave gay couples out”, link here.  Even though same-sex couples in the District of Columbia have the right to marry legally, the federal government does not recognize their marriages and will not necessarily allow a non-citizen spouse to become a citizen as it would with a heterosexual spouse.

The article goes on to discuss conservative (and to some extent “Tea Party”) claims that the immigration debate should be decoupled from the same-sex marriage issue. But logically, these big dots must be connected.

No comments: