Naturally. Play one off the other. Guess who loses.

Advocates for gays and immigrants are clashing over a proposed immigration bill that would let gay and lesbian Americans sponsor their immigrant “permanent partners” for legal U.S. residency.

The chasm inside the immigrant rights community has led the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops — a major partner in the drive for expanded immigrant rights — to withdraw its support from a House bill to be filed Thursday that would speed up reunification of immigrants with their families.

Including the same-sex provision in the family reunification bill “would erode the institution of marriage and family by according marriagelike immigration benefits to same-sex relationships, a position that is contrary to the very nature of marriage, which pre-dates the church and the state,” the bishops said in a letter to Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.).

“The last thing the immigration debate needs is another politically divisive issue,” said Kevin Appleby, the bishops’ director of migration and refugee policy.

Another major ally, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, called the efforts to slip gay rights into the immigration debate a “slap in the face to those of us who have fought for years for immigration reform.”

Rodriguez, who has worked with evangelical churches to build support for a broader immigration bill that would expand visa laws, said that if the same-sex language stays in, it will “divide the very broad and strong coalition that we have built on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform.”

But backers of same-sex couples contend “permanent partners” — two adults in an intimate and financially interdependent relationship — should be given equal rights under immigration law.

Too often, gay and lesbian rights issues “are easily discarded as part of the [legislative] process,” and that needs to change, said Honda, the House sponsor of the bill and a longtime advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. “It’s too big of an issue to me for it to be treated this way.”

The split comes just days before President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold his first White House discussion on comprehensive immigration legislation.

Also, today is the formal kickoff of the national Reform Immigration for America campaign — comprising labor, business, civil rights, immigrant rights and religious groups — to win congressional passage of a comprehensive immigration measure.

While gay rights and immigration law reforms have fit under the civil rights advocacy banner, churches have long been sanctuaries for immigrants and leaders in the battle for expanded visas and legal protections.

Last year’s vote in California ending same-sex marriage also showed a lack of affinity between Hispanics and gay rights supporters in the state. The ban on same-sex marriage passed in the Golden State last November with support from 53 percent of Latino voters, even though almost three-fourths voted for Obama.

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and the critique:

In George Orwell's "Animal Farm," the animals have just taken over the farm and overthrown their human oppressors. And while at first it's a utopian paradise, the pigs slowly start to establish themselves as the dominant animals, to the detriment of all others. The animals initially live by the motto "All Animals are Equal." But then, one day, they wake up to find the motto has suddenly and mysteriously changed to:

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Some in the immigration reform community are threatening to pull out of an immigration reform package unless Congress boots the gays. And judging by the Obama administration's seeming infatuation with everything Hispanic, and paranoid fear of anything gay, I'll leave you to consider whether the White House and the Congress will be defending us in this battle, or whether they'll let the bigots in the immigration reform community establish a precedent where some immigrants are more equal than others.

This is what happens when you try to build coalitions with bad people. The immigration reform community tried to get the Catholic church, and worse, the evangelicals on board. And what happens as a result? Now we're having Sophie's Choice discussions about which immigrants we should throw to the wolves. I would think that some in the immigration reform community wouldn't be so thrilled about putting the rights of specific immigrant communities up to a popular vote, because I doubt the gays would be the only ones booted if we asked the public which minorities we should let in and which we should keep out.

Advancing the gay rights language “will backfire exponentially” on the effort to win passage of immigration reforms, Rodriguez said. “Good luck trying to pass comprehensive immigration reform without the faith community behind you.”

Fine, then keep them all out. That's a much better alternative than, once again, having Congress and the Obama administration chuck the gays overboard.

Oh, and one more thing, the Democrats are already screwing us. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has legislation that, of course, includes everyone but the gays. Menendez' excuse? We wouldn't want to create a new category of immigrant. Oh, why is that? Menendez then says that he doesn't need to include gays in a comprehensive bill because we're already included in a second, stand-alone bill that isn't going anywhere. I.e., go to hell.

And just FYI, but Senator Menendez also heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. They're the group in charge of hitting you up for money so we can elect even more anti-gay Democrats to the Senate. Maybe it's time the gays told Mendendez that so long as he's going to side with anti-gay bigots, he can seek his money elsewhere. Maybe Menendez' new religious right buddies will him elect more Dems to Congress when the gays take a walk.

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Hrmmm let's see.. giving equality to gays who are actual citizens, or letting illegals have them over naturally born members of the population.


Again, guess who'll get fucked over.