Friday, June 14, 2013

Whipping Boy

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who was going to ride immigration reform into the White House in 2016 by showing the world the new meaning of compassionate conservative, is now throwing it and himself under the bus and dragging the gay community with it.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a co-author and key proponent of the Senate immigration bill, said he will revoke his support if an amendment is added that allows gay Americans to petition for same-sex spouses living abroad to secure a green card.

“If this bill has in it something that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I’m done,” Rubio said Thursday during an interview on the Andrea Tantaros Show. “I’m off it, and I’ve said that repeatedly. I don’t think that’s going to happen and it shouldn’t happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is.”

Short version: All bets are off if we do anything to give those icky queers equal treatment.

This position lets him come across as a supporter of immigration reform, which is mainstream GOP, but also feeds the right-wing nutsery by gay-bashing.  Or, as we say in the community, he’s versatile and will flip for the right guy.

I am really tired of having the LGBT community be the free pass for bigotry in this country in matters like health care, immigration, marriage, and anything else that passes for just letting people live their lives without being beaten up for it, and I am damn tired of people like Marco Rubio using us as his whipping boy for his political ambitions.  Unless, of course, he’d like to get a little whipping for himself.