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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

MARRIED COUPLE SEPARATED BY DOMA FIGHT TO BE REUNITED

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Stories like this are playing out across the US. President Obama campaigned saying he would fight to scrap the appalling Defense of Marriage Act. Hopefully, he will put this on his agenda soon.

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  1. psc's Avatar
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/15/illegal-immigration-enters-health-care-debate/
  2. Chakademus's Avatar
    Stories like this are the reason why I once stopped reading this blog. Now I know this is Greg's blog and he can write whatever he wants, and I don't have to read it, but I used to like coming here for perspectives and information on immigration. However, posts like this one are offensive to me, because it is an attempt to legitimize an abberant lifestyle. Whether you like it or not, most religions regard homosexuality as an abomination but the American media and elites keep trying to force it on society, when clearly the majority of Americans do not regard gay 'marriage' as legitimate. This is distasteful Greg. They can have whatever lifestyle they want but the rest of society does not have to sanction or confer the benefits of legitimacy on it.

    I hope you will be broad minded enough to tolerate dissent and allow me to express my opinion on this.
  3. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Dissent is fine. But I would simply remind you that there was a time in this country where the same arguments were made about interracial marriages (which were also illegal).
  4. Chakademus's Avatar
    Unfortunately, the issue of interracial marriage is used as a cover to advance unethical, immoral behaviour. Just because interracial marriage was wrongly opposed does not mean that any new fad, no matter how distasteful, should be automatically condoned. Guilt for past wrongs done should not be allowed to warp the nation's conscience. And yes, I am a black man.
  5. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Opponents of interracial marriage also claimed the conduct was immoral. And most western countries have legalized gay marriage and many of the world's major religious denominations have as well. I'm not going to argue this issue with you anymore because you clearly are not going to alter your opinion. And you will not alter mine because I see this as a basic question of justice.
  6. Oksana's Avatar
    Thank you for highlighting the issue of separating married couples - heterosexual or not. It still amazes me that in the country where the immigration law is supposedly all about preserving the idea of a nuclear family, there are cases where legally married couples are still forcefully separated because of the outdated law. I'm speaking from personal experience of having to be away from my husband of 8 years for 2 years due to the J-1 home residency requirement. Truly hope that the change in the law is not too far away...
  7. Marcelo's Avatar
    Chakademus,

    Please remember that in America there is a separation of church and state, and that cuts both ways. The government doesn't mess with your religion, and hopefully your religion won't mess with the constitution and immigration law.

    It's fine for you to state your opinion that homosexuality is aberrant, but that opinion has no place in a discussion about immigration law.


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