Republican members of the “Gang of Eight,” the bipartisan group of senators that rolled out an immigration reform framework last week, have thrown cold water on the prospect of including protections for same-sex binational couples in the legislation.
The most recent skepticism comes from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who said at a Buzzfeed Brews panel: ”I think if that issue becomes a central issue in the debate it’s going to become harder to get it done because there will be strong feelings on both sides.”
He added that the lawmakers ”haven’t really discussed the pros and the cons of it” yet, but ”I imagine that issue will eventually be confronted.”
President Obama, who made his own immigration reform roll-out last week, said that he supports extending the same right to legally married binational same-sex couples, currently prevented by DOMA, for spouses to file for a green card for their partner.
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