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May 28, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Immigration and gay rights

The two should not be separated

I truly believe Thanh Tan in her online blog is trying to be helpful [“Do not exploit gay rights issue to stop immigration reform,” seattletimes.com, May 22]. But this statement undermines her good intentions: “ … now is not the time for any special interest groups to exploit an emotional issue that risks killing the entire legislation.”

This plays into a false separation of the immigrant and gay-rights movements, and ignores the existence of people like me: gay immigrants who have a real stake in being included in immigration reform. I’m not a special-interest group, nor am I trying to exploit issues that the myopic Senate dinosaurs are too craven to factor into their political calculus.

The Seattle Times covered my story here. Characterizing same-sex couples’ inclusion in immigration reform as a special interest diminishes me and my family. To be dismissed by the Senate is one thing, but to read something like this — when we’re still reeling from what this means for our future — makes it worse.

This was a chance for the Gang of Eight to be bold, to not write discrimination into our laws and pass truly comprehensive reform. Now we must rely on Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to champion LGBT families in the coming weeks.

Otts Bolisay, Seattle

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