In George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” the animals have just taken over the farm and overthrown their human oppressors. And while at first it’s a utopian paradise, the pigs slowly start to establish themselves as the dominant animals, to the detriment of all others. The animals initially live by the motto “All Animals are Equal.” But then, one day, they wake up to find the motto has suddenly and mysteriously changed to:
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
Some in the immigration reform community are threatening to pull out of an immigration reform package unless Congress boots the gays. And judging by the Obama administration’s seeming infatuation with everything Hispanic, and paranoid fear of anything gay, I’ll leave you to consider whether the White House and the Congress will be defending us in this battle, or whether they’ll let the bigots in the immigration reform community establish a precedent where some immigrants are more equal than others.
This is what happens when you try to build coalitions with bad people. The immigration reform community tried to get the Catholic church, and worse, the evangelicals on board. And what happens as a result? Now we’re having Sophie’s Choice discussions about which immigrants we should throw to the wolves. I would think that some in the immigration reform community wouldn’t be so thrilled about putting the rights of specific immigrant communities up to a popular vote, because I doubt the gays would be the only ones booted if we asked the public which minorities we should let in and which we should keep out.
Advancing the gay rights language “will backfire exponentially” on the effort to win passage of immigration reforms, Rodriguez said. “Good luck trying to pass comprehensive immigration reform without the faith community behind you.”
Fine, then keep them all out. That’s a much better alternative than, once again, having Congress and the Obama administration chuck the gays overboard.
Oh, and one more thing, the Democrats are already screwing us. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has legislation that, of course, includes everyone but the gays. Menendez’ excuse? We wouldn’t want to create a new category of immigrant. Oh, why is that? Menendez then says that he doesn’t need to include gays in a comprehensive bill because we’re already included in a second, stand-alone bill that isn’t going anywhere. I.e., go to hell.
And just FYI, but Senator Menendez also heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. They’re the group in charge of hitting you up for money so we can elect even more anti-gay Democrats to the Senate. Maybe it’s time the gays told Mendendez that so long as he’s going to side with anti-gay bigots, he can seek his money elsewhere. Maybe Menendez’ new religious right buddies will him elect more Dems to Congress when the gays take a walk.