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Gay, Latino groups forge immigration alliance
This is what American's face on issues of a political nature. And each group has rights, even if to some it is up in your face.
Myself I think each person has a right to make choices, even if I don't agree for it.
Just as long as it is kept civil.
Gay, Latino groups forge immigration alliance - Yahoo! News
.Gay, Latino groups forge immigration alliance
By LISA LEFF | Associated Press – Sat, Feb 2, 2013. Posted 7 Feb.
Associated Press/Matthew Cavanaugh - FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2011 file photo, Frances Herbert, right, and her wife, Takako Ueda, of Japan, pose for photos with their dog, Little Bear, at their home in Dummerston, Vt. Latino and gay rights groups that have spent the last several years working to forge a mutually beneficial alliance face a crucial test in the months ahead as immigration reform returns to the top of Washington's agenda. Gay rights advocates are fighting to ensure that the comprehensive immigration legislation high-ranking U.S. senators and President Barack Obama have pledged to pursue includes legal residency options for foreigners in same-sex marriages. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh) less
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As a gay Mexican immigrant living in the United States illegally, Alex Aldana acutely understands his double-minority status. Not only does he fear deportation, he can't seek citizenship by marrying a partner because the federal government doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.
He and other gay activists are hoping the new immigration debate at the top of Washington's agenda will change that, and they are betting on a newly forged but still fragile alliance between a pair of voting blocs considered critical to President Obama's re-election: Latinos and the gay community.
The gay rights movement is working to make sure bi-national same-sex couples are included in immigration reform legislation making its way toward Congress, a tricky task for a constituency at the nexus of two hot-button social issues. So far, it has done so with strong backing from its liberal Latino partners.
Groups such as the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Council de la Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund — all of which endorsed same-sex unions last year — reiterated this week that married gays should be part of a reform plan that provides a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.
Both Obama and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have included bi-national gay couples in their immigration reform blueprints. The framework that eight leading Democratic and Republican senators unveiled this week did not.
Republicans John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, two of the senators working to hammer out a bipartisan immigration bill, already have rejected the idea that gay immigrants have a place in the coming debate.
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I love this very last part.
Ultimately, though, decisions about whose needs are addressed and whose are left for another day lies with lawmakers and the White House, not the good intentions of advocacy groups, said Frank Gilliam, dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles.
"If I were a Democratic Senate aide and this (issue) was a discussion in our staff meeting, I would tell our member that this is something you better be prepared to give up," Gilliam said. "We are talking politics. We are not talking about what the right thing to do is."
“Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”