It yet another sign that the Republican Party remains firmly under the control of the Christofascists, U. S. Senators Lindsey "Palmetto Queen" Graham (pictured above), John "McSenile" McCain, and Marco Rubio have indicated that they cannot support any immigration reform that would allow legally married same sex couples the same rights afforded to non-U.S. citizens in legal heterosexual marriages. It's all about religious based discrimination and trashing the U.S. Constitution's supposed promise of religious freedom for all. As is consistently the case with the GOP, special rights for the Christofascists and the imposing Christofascist religious dogma on all citizens is the norm. The Advocate looks at the latest self-prostitution to haters by these three Senators. Here are highlights:
Three Republican U.S. senators who are part of the "Gang of Eight" have expressed concern over any form of the proposed immigration reform bill that may contain provisions to protect LGBT people.
The senators' proposed immigration reform bill does not currently include provisions to help Americans sponsor their foreign-born same-sex partners to become citizens, just as heterosexuals can do with their spouses. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced amendments to the bill last week to broaden the immigration reform bill to include some provisions for same-sex couples.
"If the [Senate] Judiciary Committee tries to redefine marriage in the immigration bill they will lose me and many others," South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said in a tweet Monday.
McCain said he would do everything in his power to see that LGBT provisions are not in the bill, according to Politico.
Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has also said he would oppose LGBT protections in an immigration reform bill, according to The Huffington Post.
In the House, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York has been a sponsor of the Uniting American Families Act for several congressional sessions. The UAFA would extend immigration rights to same-sex couples and their families. Nadler said in January that it would be "madness" for immigration reform not to include protections for same-sex couples.
Earlier this month, President Obama reiterated previous statements that he would like to for the immigration reform bill to include a provision to allow Americans to sponsor immigrant same-sex partners for legal status.
As noted before, it is far past time that Graham, a/k/a the Palmetto Queen be outed. As for McCain and Rubio, their anti-gay stance provides good cover for rejecting a bill that the white supremacists in the GOP base don't want enacted in the first place.