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John McCain Says Including Gays in Immigration Reform 'Not of Paramount Importance' - VIDEO


Asked about Obama's reported plans to include binational same-sex couples in his immigration reform proposal, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told CBS News This Morning that he sees that issue as a "red flag" that "is not of paramount importance at this time," Think Progress reports.


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  1. That's not a surprising statement from this old has-been geezer. It's time for Arizona to retire homophobe McCain.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 29, 2013 9:09:09 AM

  2. If you're an ancient, white, entitled fromunda stain it's probably not 'of paramount importance'to grant LGBT people legal equality. However if you are LGBT it is. Thanks John, you don't recognize the world you're living in do you?

    Posted by: ryansson | Jan 29, 2013 9:11:04 AM

  3. when is that F'n Old coot gonna retire...???

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 29, 2013 9:14:07 AM

  4. Not intending to troll, but the anger his statement made me feel must be reminiscient of how our trans sisters and brothers felt when many in our community suggested we pass a non inclusive ENDA for efficiency's sake. Lets get this work done!

    Posted by: jlavoy | Jan 29, 2013 9:19:12 AM

  5. Srsly...

    WHEN... will this clown go away already???

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jan 29, 2013 9:20:17 AM

  6. How can it be a "red flag" AND of minor importance?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jan 29, 2013 9:23:38 AM

  7. He is a jerk!!!

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 29, 2013 9:26:59 AM

  8. Keep those emails going to the inboxes of your Senator. Let them know we're not going to accept being marginalized yet again.

    Posted by: RWG | Jan 29, 2013 9:30:51 AM

  9. time for him to go the way of the romney's
    out the door old bastard

    Posted by: capetom | Jan 29, 2013 9:30:57 AM

  10. It's nice that Senator McCain belives he can pick and choose what types of Americans can be afforded protection under the law. Liberty and justice for all?

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 29, 2013 9:39:35 AM

  11. @Dastius K, good point.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 29, 2013 9:42:22 AM

  12. The most dangerous place in Washington D.C. is the space between John McCain and a T.V. camera.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 29, 2013 9:55:15 AM

  13. Maybe it's just me but I thought I detected a smirk on his face when he answered that question. He's of the generation for whom "gay" is a joke!

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 29, 2013 10:21:42 AM

  14. I believe the Senator is misinformed as to the definition of paramount. No one has argued that the immigration status of binational couples is of "paramount" (the most; supreme; preeiminent) importance.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 29, 2013 10:31:19 AM

  15. It may not be paramount for you Mr. McCain, but for the couples lives that are determined by a decision OTHER people make for them, i'm sure it is quite paramount. Blerg

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 29, 2013 10:37:04 AM

  16. Can't this decrepit, squirrel-cheeked fossil just retire already.

    Posted by: Bollux | Jan 29, 2013 10:40:31 AM

  17. Under McCain's logic, our rights are never paramount, because we are not the majority, nor a particularly sizable minority. It is this logic ("It's just not a big problem") that Republicans continually use to deny us our rights, simply because, well, there are "bigger" problems!

    Posted by: mike8787 | Jan 29, 2013 10:46:53 AM

  18. McCain has one purpose in life: to remind us that torture during interrogations does not produce good intelligence, only bad. He should stick to that line and not preach on anything else.

    @Andrew: ROFLMAO

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 29, 2013 11:04:10 AM

  19. IMO, it is political theatre and blackmail. Republicans [Senators] are playing what they believe is a political win-win:

    1) They threaten to kill all immigration reform if Democrats include bi-national gay couples [Democrats did not want to be seen as “killing” an ’golden’ opportunity for immigration reform],

    2) Cause internal fighting amongst Democratic coalitions [including Hispanics/LGBTQ groups],

    3) Reap the political capital with Hispanic groups so that Dems can no-longer use it as a hammer, and

    4) Play to their Evangelical Conservative Base.

    The Democratic Party has to anticipate these tactics -- not like they haven't been used before -- and show some political courage, with a full-throated explanation as to why bi-national gay couples should be included. Conveying, inclusion only offer the rights (no more or less) currently enjoyed by opposite-sex couples.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jan 29, 2013 11:08:18 AM

  20. what a jerk!! of course it is of no importance TO HIM!!

    I am tired of straight white boy politicians!

    Posted by: Mercedes | Jan 29, 2013 11:27:32 AM

  21. Translation: "The GOP is still dedicated to f*cking over gays any way we can."

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 29, 2013 11:37:32 AM

  22. Poor mccain! still so angry and bitter.

    Posted by: Johnny | Jan 29, 2013 11:50:32 AM

  23. Notice McCain calling including same-sex spouses in the immigration bill a red flag.

    That is the problem we continue to face on the political front. We're considered dangerous. Even with society clearly having progressed towards equality, most politicians don't want to touch anything regarding gay. They don't think we're worth it, because we're a "small minority".

    That means it's up to us to do as we have been doing, which is hold feet to the fire and make sure there are consequences for anyone who doesn't stand up and fight for our rights.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 29, 2013 11:59:09 AM

  24. If it's not of paramount importance to him then I'm sure he'll have no problem authorizing a bill that includes it. Since that's not an area of concern for him, correct?

    Posted by: Mastik8 | Jan 29, 2013 12:14:17 PM

  25. .........if it's not of paramount importance then it can't possibly be a massive issue of disagreement. so include LGBT people.

    or is this one of those republican excuses that they give when they have the time and energy to discriminate but not the time or energy to be inclusive?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 29, 2013 12:16:24 PM

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