John McCain: LGBT Issues ‘Best Way To Derail’ Immigration Bill
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) came close on Wednesday to drawing a line in the sand over the inclusion of same-sex couples in comprehensive immigration reform.
“Which is more important: LGBT or border security?” he said at an event hosted by Politico. “I’ll tell you what my priorities are. If you’re going to load it up with social issues, that is the best way to derail it, in my view.”
McCain is part of an eight-member group — four Democrats and four Republicans — that released a framework for immigration reform on Monday. That plan does not include any mention of same-sex couples, who currently cannot petition for green cards for even their legally-married spouses under the Defense of Marriage Act.
Obama came out in support of changing immigration law to help same-sex binational couples, and the White House invited some of them to Las Vegas for the president’s Tuesday speech on reform. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus also included a fix on the issue in its principles for immigration reform.
McCain called it a “red herring,” comparing it to adding taxpayer-funded abortion to a final bill, an argument made Tuesday by his fellow group member Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).