Harry Reid on Immigration Reform: ‘Gay Folks…Should Be Protected’ – VIDEO


Andy Towle | Towleroad | Feburary 3, 2013

Steve mentioned this interview in his round-up yesterday but I thought I’d  post the clip of Harry Reid telling George Stephanopoulos that same-sex families  need to be included in immigration reform.

Via Think Progress:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): One of the other  big issues, the President said he wants gay and lesbians to be able to have a  family preference. Senator McCain has said we shouldn’t come up with legislation  for what he calls social issues.

REID: If we have gay folks in this country who  have children, or they come from some other place they should be protected just  like any other child.

STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s the position the  Republicans are saying that’s too heavy to lift.

REID: If they’re looking for an excuse not to  support this legislation, this is another one, but the American people are past  excuses. They want this legislation passed.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

Meanwhile, Senator John McCain is trying to do just that:Mccain

But congressional Republicans immediately  condemned the idea and warned that the measure imperils broader immigration  reform. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), one of the senators on the eight-member  bipartisan working group on immigration, said at a Politico breakfast last week  that injecting social issues into the debate over immigration legislation “is  the best way to derail it.”
“Which is more important: LGBT or border  security?” McCain said, using an abbreviation for people who are lesbian, gay,  bisexual or transgender. “I’ll tell you what my priorities are.”

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