Pressured Senator Chuck Schumer Calls Meeting of Gay Elected Officials Over Immigration Bill

SchumerSenator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called a meeting of Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, State Sen. Brad Hoylman, former State Sen. Tom Duane, and a representative for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn regarding pressure he's feeling over including a provision for gay couples in comprehensive immigration reform, Politico reports:

“Sen. Schumer called the meeting because he is in trouble with a key constituency,” said Rachel Tiven of the group Immigration Equality. She attended the gathering and has been vocal in her criticism of Schumer on the issue.

Tiven said she couldn’t discuss what Schumer said since the May 10 meeting in his Manhattan office was off the record, but several attendees said the sentiment was clear: it would be unforgivable if the provision were omitted.

O’Donnell and Tiven were reportedly "the most vocal" in the meeting.

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  1. sundayboy says

    It’s CRUCIAL that Schumer acts to introduce the Uniting American Families Act. It’s by no means certain that the Supreme Court will fully strike DOMA next month and we can not bank on it.

    Before the usual posters appear suggesting we take a back seat (again) to ensure passage of the wider reform bill I say, why? Why shouldn’t we stand up and fight for the same deal that they are?

    Incrementalism leads nowhere.

  2. RWG says

    I’m with sundayboy on this one. Once the immigration reform bill passes Congress this time, they won’t take the issue up for another 20 years. It’s now or (effectively for too many) never.

  3. EB says

    A special meeting like this with gay elected officials and Senator Schumer is not a good sign. Obama is still trying to protect the 2014 Congressional races against other political scandals. Being realistic, gay immigration would not help Democrats.

  4. Kevin says

    EB,no it won’t but caving on this issue simply opens the door for us to be thrown out on other issues as well.
    How many other times will we be asked to take a back seat for the sake of others.
    And if DOMA isn’t struck down or there’s a narrow ruling,then what?

  5. petensfo says

    In the present day world, w/ the Dem platform that was just in the last election cycle, if Schumer compromises on this… even w/ GOP blustering to kill it… his career will be over. I think we would ALL make certain of that.

    It’s taken 16 years to try and correct the wrongs of DOMA & it ain’t over yet. Inclusion of gay families; that means military families, seniors, parents w/ kids, everyone… is essential. Anything less is inexcusable.

  6. walter says

    sorry if chuck e cheese doesnt support this he really better be prepared to stay home the last sunday in june . he might not like what he sees or hears along the parade route

  7. Keppler says

    It’s time for the Dems to mean it, even when it’s inconvenient. If Schumer caves on this, it will certainly galvanize a lot of us to make sure his stay in the senate is over.

  8. JONES says

    I’m not a Schumer apologist but I think it needs to be pointed out that he has not abandoned LGBT inclusiveness in immigration reform. He’s asking that the language to include LGBT citizens in the reform legislation be put in during the Judiciary Hearing which needs only a simple majority vote there to pass.

    Schumer is wrongly being portrayed as an opponent here. He’s not. He’s trying to present another way to make this pass without a head on battle with the GOP on the senate floor.

    You have three options. Call Rubio’s bluff, include LGBT language on the floor, and see if the GOP wants to have the failure on immigration reform on their heads for the 2014 election. The second is Schumer’s plan to insert LGBT language during Judiciary hearings. The third is to hold off on this bill until SCOTUS rules and then tackle it with whatever language is needed subject to their ruling.

  9. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    If you have a coyote problem on your ranch you need only kill one and leave the body on a fence. The others get the message and the problem is solved.

    Publicly and visibly sacrificing Shumer would secure our power within the Dim party and we won’t be taken for granted EVER again. They’ve been making promises since the 70’s but they never quite get the job done. It’s always “too soon” and “not the right time.” Our time is now.

  10. petensfo says

    @ JONES, that may well be, and I do hope that you are correct… Still, every Presser that Rubio makes re: this being a bill-killer should be met with louder calls from Schumer, documenting ALL the cases that have thus far supported Equality Under Law; a basic tenet of American society, and asking Rubio to explain how he knows better than ALL those Courts which he has sworn to uphold.
    They need to start playing offence instead of defense.
    No doubt, people in NYC likely feel especially angry given the events of the past weekend, but make no mistake, people are angry & tired of having our lives held hostage to ‘politics’. It will be OVER for Schumer.

  11. FAEN says

    I am not the least bit surprised by this. After years of being ignored and thrown under the bus I didn’t expect for a second that the UAFA would get a fair shot. More of the same I’m afraid.

    If SCOTUS doesn’t get rid of Section 3 my partner and I will be officially at the end of the road.

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