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Catholic bishops conflicted over gays in immigration talks

Obama's reform would recognize migrants' same-sex partnerships

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  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    Feb. 7, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    1st
    "Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokeswoman for the bishops, would say only that recognition of gay couples in the president's reform proposals "jeopardizes passage of the bill."

    What happened to the wall of separation between church and state? These are the same people who cry foul and claim their freedom is in danger when they don't get what they want.

    2nd
    The U.S. already provides asylum to those LGBT whose life and welfare may be endagered because of their homosexuality in their countries of origin.

    What the bishops saying? I hope is not that gays should get a good beating before being accepted in the U.S. and only "alone".

    3rd

    "San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who leads the bishops' marriage efforts, said the struggle against gay marriage is a gift from God "and by overcoming it we may achieve spiritual greatness."

    If this wasn't so painful it would be funny. As a gay person and a man of faith, I feel that all this struggle and our ability to overcome all the opposition we face in order to get what most people take for granted, I feel we may and will achieve spiritual greatness.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    Legal immigrants should be welcomed and treated as all US citizens are

    Illegal immigrants are criminals and should be put in jail, like all criminals are

  • wendell provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    With all due respect to those who support Immigration reform but are against the inclusion of gay couples in the proposed legislation, I loudly and proudly say, "Shame on you".

    This nation was built by immigrants, based on the principles of freedom and liberty. Do we really want to exclude a person from being a part of the greatest country on earth because of the gender of the person they love? That is a very sad and selfish commentary based on fear and a lack of compassion.

    The United States of America has long been known as the "Melting Pot of the World" and it sickens me to think that the prejudiced and bigoted beliefs of some of my fellow Americans might prevent someone from fulfilling their life-long dream of obtaining citizenship because of who they love? It's absolutely silly folks, and I truly believe those who feel this way will live to regret it.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    It's a poison pill, planted in the bill by Democrats, to assure its defeat, so they can continue to disingenuously portray Republicans as unfriendly to immigrants. - procuradorfiscal

    It's 2013.

    Where is the support to immigrants?

    Oh, that's right. They lost the election, again. So now, they are 'pro-immigrant'.

    Except:

    'Same old GOP: A new bill to stop ‘anchor babies’ - By Maryalice Aymong – 01/08/13

    Thirteen of King’s fellow House Republicans have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill to make “anchor babies” (the American-born children of illegal immigrants) a thing of the past. One of the bill’s co-sponsors is Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, one of the first members of the “birther” crowd, the people who question whether President Obama was born in the United States.

    The term 'anchor baby' is offensive, but this legislation was attempted...

    last month.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    Re: ". . . recognition of gay couples in the president's reform proposals "jeopardizes passage of the bill."

    Of course it does. It's a poison pill, planted in the bill by Democrats, to assure its defeat, so they can continue to disingenuously portray Republicans as unfriendly to immigrants.