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Obama Disagrees with Senate Immigration Reform Proposal's Omission of Gay Couples

En route to Las Vegas aboard Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the omission of same-sex binational couples from the Senate's immigration reform proposal, according to a transcript from the Office of the Press Secretary:

ObamaQ:  Gay rights advocated were disappointed that the Senate framework did not include extending immigration benefits for same-sex couples.  Is that a problem for the President and the administration?
CARNEY:  The President believes that it should be included and that should come as no surprise.  As we've said all along, this is consistent with the principles he has laid out over the last four years.  And the President has long believed that Americans with same-sex partners from other countries should not be faced with the painful choice between staying with the person they love or staying in the country they love.  And the President's position on this is consistent with how we've approached prosecutorial discretion at DHS and others.  So I think it should not be a surprise and it would be entirely inconsistent not to have that position.

Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks just before 3 pm EST.

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  1. Once again, we see that once the Democrats have received enough gay votes and gay money to get elected, they ignore the gay agenda......and have no concerns about any consequences that might come from doing so, since they know that, gay activists, having ghettoized themselves in the Democratic Party, have nowhere to turn if Democrats give them the shaft.

    Put all your eggs in one basket and watch them rot, one by has been happening for decades now....

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 29, 2013 2:21:57 PM

  2. ^^Oh, Rick.

    It appears all of your eggs have been rotting for decades now. One, by one, by one....

    What a miserable life you must lead.

    On another note-I, for one, am thankful for Obama and the advances he has made on behalf of the gay community. Would Romney be doing this?

    Eggs. Lets make omelets.

    Posted by: jtramon | Jan 29, 2013 2:29:13 PM



    Posted by: kpo5 | Jan 29, 2013 2:46:13 PM

  4. We're going to find out who are friends really are these next few months, and especially throughout this process regarding immigration reform. Who is going to do their part to fight for us, and who is willing to simply cower under pressure from social conservatives. We'll see. Good to see President Obama speaking out against the Senate reform proposal.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 29, 2013 2:47:30 PM

  5. Oh, Rick. You're awful.

    Posted by: Mikey | Jan 29, 2013 3:02:42 PM

  6. well,how nice. i was born and raised in this country as a gay second class American. So now i will have less rights than the Illegal immagrant.

    Posted by: G | Jan 29, 2013 3:03:03 PM

  7. Hand commenters G and Rick a pair of binoculars and watch them look through the wrong end.

    Posted by: melvin | Jan 29, 2013 3:33:08 PM

  8. I believe that the issue of the recognition of foreign marriages is vital
    At the moment straight marriages are recognised in the USA.....for the purposes of residence of straight spouses of American citizens.

    Why does the USA not extend that equality to the recognition of valid foreign same sex marriages .....for residence purposes ?

    A foreign straight marriage valid in the Netherlands is of no superior value than a similar same sex marriage contracted under that same Netherlands law.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 29, 2013 5:30:11 PM

  9. Cheers to working on getting gays the same rights as straight people when it comes immigration law.

    Jeers to the 11,000,000 people who came here illegally. What a slap in the face to all the law abiding, patient people who did what they're supposed to.

    Posted by: sean | Jan 29, 2013 5:51:36 PM

  10. I wonder if this will have any impact on the US v. Windsor case. They were married in Canada.

    Posted by: Shane | Jan 29, 2013 7:56:20 PM

  11. Hey Rick,

    What would a President Romney do?

    Thank goodness we will never know!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jan 30, 2013 1:14:58 AM

  12. Eh I think its easy to guess what Romney would do in this situation, NY2.0. He is mormon, after all.

    Posted by: Rachel Peters | Jan 31, 2013 3:18:26 PM

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