The LGBT Provision: Too Much to Lose

by Kris Kelkar | June 25, 2013 12:00 am

UPDATE: As of today, the “risk” that including the LGBT community in comprehensive immigration reform posed to the Senate bill’s passage is no longer an issue.  The Supreme Court’s decision to rule section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional is a triumph worth rejoice and celebration, but I still stand behind my original blog post. With the Senate still planning to vote on the bill before July 4th recess, the momentum of the immigration reform movement is greater than ever. Now that the LGBT community will not face exclusion, we must focus on getting the bill passed through Congress!

I identify as LGBT, and with the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA and Prop 8 coming up this week, I have had my mind on the inclusion of the LGBT community in the immigration reform debate going on in the Senate right now.

Unfortunately for us, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill does not explicitly include a way for members of bi-national LGBT couples who have committed to each other by way of domestic partnership or state-recognized marriage to get a clear pathway to citizenship. By providing a pathway to citizenship, comprehensive immigration reform will guarantee that families and communities stay together. New Americans will be able to become active participants in our society –revitalizing our economy with a fresh, eager workforce. And with the inclusion of these communities, American society will broaden its horizons.

LGBT or not, I have a lot to lose from another failed attempt at immigration reform. With Senator Rubio’s threats that he would vote against the bill he spent months authoring if the LGBT provision were included, I am conscious of the deprecating effects including the LGBT community in comprehensive immigration reform would have on this bill’s chances of success.

I don’t want to risk it – there is too much to lose if comprehensive immigration reform does not pass.

Related Articles

Hate crimes are on the rise – and black women are a target

  [caption id="attachment_10082" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nia Wilson/Daryle Allums, godfather of Nia Wilson[/caption] A recent study from the Center for the…

Called to Deeply Listen to Those Impacted by Police Violence

Hearing families who have been impacted by police violence speak is always a transformative and powerful experience for me. While…

It's a living: Surviving as a creative artist in an expensive city

Last month former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens was spotted working the register at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey.…

When scary times lead comics to progressive politics 

Comedy has become essential to survive the bizarre tenure of Trump’s presidency. Comics have riffed on everything from his tendency…

Introducing Dorian Warren as Next CCC President

"Who am I? I am just a kid from the south side of Chicago. A weird, long-suffering Cubs fan, who grew up walking picket lines with my mother, who was a public s...

Private prisons make more money the more people they keep incarcerated. In Florida, activists are working to stop the practice.

As Americans we believe deeply in freedom and fairness. We believe that we should be free to pursue the American…