COLUMN: Why gay groups should keep fighting on immigration

The Washington Post
|
May 3, 2013
Issues: 

One of the stories of the day is that gay rights groups are pressing for equal treatment in the immigration reform bill that’s working its way through Congress. The current Senate “Gang of Eight” compromise does not treat homosexual couples in the same way it does heterosexual couples when it comes to the ability to sponsor legal immigration of a non-citizen spouse. A coalition of gay rights groups is demanding a change to this. Getting this included is a heavy lift. Marco Rubio has already flatly stated that the bill would “die” if this happened, because it would cause the coalition behind it “to fall apart.” It could reportedly alienate evangelicals and social conservatives inclined to support reform, and give opponents yet another tool to frighten away House Republicans. And there is already a rising murmur on the left that gay rights advocates might simply have to accept defeat here for the good of immigration reform’s prospects.