Skip to comments.'I'm Done' If Gay Amendment Included in Immigration Reform Bill, Says Marco Rubio
Posted on 06/14/2013 10:46:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who helped draft the immigration reform bill currently being discussed in the Senate, says he will walk away from the negotiations if it includes a controversial amendment to provide immigration benefits for gay couples.
"If this bill has in it something that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm done," said Rubio during an interview on the Andrea Tantaros Show on Thursday. "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."
On Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) decided to file the amendment that would allow gay couples to sponsor green cards for their foreign partners as part of the immigration reform bill.
He was forced to withdraw the measure last month when several Democrats told him they would oppose it if it threatened the overall passage of the bill.
In filing the measure that has little chance of passing on the Senate floor, however, Leahy declared that the fight for equality was the right thing to do.
"Seeking equal protection under our laws for the LGBT community is the right thing to do," he said in a statement. "I withheld my anti-discrimination amendment during the Senate Judiciary Committee markup. As the entire Senate turns to debate the immigration bill, the fight for equality must go on."
While he supports same-sex marriages, left-leaning evangelical leader Jim Wallis, agreed last month that entangling gay rights issues in the immigration reform discussion is a bad idea.
"I support equal protection under the law but I think this is the wrong place in the wrong time to try and resolve this contentious issue. This must be a bipartisan bill. Our focus must be on the 11 million undocumented and vulnerable people who this is their time, their chance, this is their moment," said Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners.
The amendment is expected to face a much more difficult road in passing on the Senate floor than it would have faced in the committee.
Passing the measure in the committee only required a simple majority. On the Senate floor, however, it is likely to require 60 votes.
During the debate of the measure in the committee last month, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), a gang of eight member who helped craft the bill, noted: "You've got me on immigration. You don't have me on marriage. If you want to keep me on immigration, let's stay on immigration."
In his remarks, another gang of eight member, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), noted during the same debate: "As much as it pains me, I cannot support this amendment if it will bring down the bill."
A Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act expected later this month could enable gay couples to petition green cards for their foreign partners.
He’s done already.
“Hes done already.”
Beat me to it.
But he’ll go on Spanish language Tv and state the opposite.
Oh NOW he takes a stand?
This isn’t stand on principle, he’s just trying to take a cowards way out now that he has been found with his hand in the cookie jar.
Rubio has been proven a liar and shouldn’t ever be trusted again.
Pandering POS Schumer.....
NO, he won’t. He will not pass up getting his foreign constituents amnesty no matter what.
Marco, as far as I'm concerned you might as well don the pink tutu and shimmy for your new masters. My vote isn't coming back to you. Amnesty was a permanent buzzkill.
Marco Rubio, you are done, period.
You’re done PERIOD, Rubio. Hasta la vista, baby.
Oh nos! Who’s he going to get to invite him to the club, dinners, parties. They’re going to drop him like a runner up for homecoming queen.
Oh c’mon Rube
I’m sure you can adjust and endure it
Why this time next werek you’ll be back to “lovin it” just like last week..
after all this AMNESTY Bill is the only thing you have going for you
it makes you the big man on campus...
do you really want to lose all that ???
Seeing your political future run away from you, are you?
Don't worry. Hannity still likes you, possibly Limbaugh, but I think Levin has had enough.
I look forward to hearing him tear what's left of your poser reputation into little bitty pieces to go with your similarly sized integrity.
Before this is over, Marco Rubio will be caught wearing his wife’s clothes and on a date with Leahy.
You might as well Rubio, we’re going to tell everyone you did anyway.
There was a time when I actually liked this guy, but that was before he started sleeping with the democrats.
This just shows that Rubio is a ruthless negotiator against Dems. He is not going to cut them a single break for a minute. He is watching them like a hawk and that bill too. He has our back.
They (dems) will have a bitter pill to swallow when Rubio gets done with them, and w this bill.
Hail Marco our King!
Yeah, that’s his bridge too far. Real border security amendment tabled without so much as a word because Chuck Schumer says it’ll take years and years and years to secure the border. Yet his modus operandi has been to delay, delay, delay any border enforcement so that more illegals can come in.
And we had a bill become law to build a fence in 2006 and the funding was quietly pulled by Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who has thankfully been replaced by Ted Cruz.
But gay immigrants are just a bridge too far for Marco Rubio. Does he think he’s fooling people with this?? This is the “ok, we’’ll pull that amendment if you just vote for the bill” gambit. So transparent.
The comedians are going to have a field day with his flip flops (the big lie/or misspeaking in Spanish or was that the truth) and his very own statements on this issue. Rubio was this way in the Florida legislature though he played he was against amnesty. Now, he’s become worse because we see how he really thinks about this issue. He wants his family of hispanics to be able to come out of the shadows.
Yeah right, you are a sellout rube-io. You are either a total rube and being played like a hot fiddle by schumer or you are a fellow traveler like schumer. Either way you are unfit for the senate much less the presidency.
No you’re not...you’ll roll over and lube up like all the rest.
I hope you forgot the sarcasm tag, because if not that Kool Aid you’re drinking is about as strong as the Obama flavor.
Republicans should vote present or not vote on this amendment and force democrats to either defeat it and disappoint their gay supporters or to pass it and make the main bill less likely to pass. Why should republicans keep saving the democrats from their foolish tendencies.
If this puke says the sky is blue ya best check cause Rubio is a freaken LIAR.
I am offended that you think I would post sarcasm here.
But while on the same subject see: comment #7 here
Man! Rubio is such a low life, he won’t even defend his own traitorous stance and beliefs : )
The gloves are off : )
Patrick Leahy of Vermont doesn’t have to worry about hordes of Hispanic immigrants, homosexual or otherwise, flooding his state’s voter rolls, taking over dominance of Vermont’s Democratic party, and pushing him out of the Senate in favor of an Hispanic-American replacement.
However, that’s not true of Chuck Schumer of New York, or Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California, or of Democrat Senators in other states with already large Hispanic populations which would be augmented with millions more Hispanic-American voters if the Immigration Bill passes.
As bad as the bill might be, it would at least be likely to cause the end of Chuck Schumer’s career, as millions of New York City Puerto Ricans and other Hispanic residents bring their relatives from Latin America into the Big Apple to join them legally and become voters. Hispanic immigrants: ‘’Si se puede!’’ Chuck Schumer: ‘’Oy vay’’
If it got rid of Schumer, I’d sign on to Mexico annexing this state.
Rubio has come to realize his foolery and hopes to exit through the backdoor.
This is just more kabuki theater, per Mickey Kaus and Mark Krikorian's observations.
Wouldn’t doubt it.
What an evil stinking government we are saddled with!
It blows millions to educate homosexual activists in foreign countries.
It spends millions to build a 1 million square foot domestic spy center in Utah sporting the most powerful computer system in the world. Thanks to Cisco.
It mines information from telephone conversations and internet usage in order to blackmail the Chief Justice.
It goes on and on and on and the American peoples’ representatives do nothing.
Amnesty is fine, but this is where he draws the line?
Like saying eating dog shit is OK as long as it isn’t from a white toy poodle...
him and Paul were going to be good futures and both blew it on this and when is the GOP going to wake up and stop this nonsense
why even think about voting for this when obama can say he got it passed and he gets credit?
and was the reason obama was talking to cross dressers and homosexuals yesterday afternoon in the white house was because of this while he sends out some unknown to tell the world we will be involved in Syria?
Not nearly as much fun if I label them as sarcasm.
Every so often someone takes its serious and curses me for it making me laugh,
You would think they could figure it out by your verbiage.....but I suppose not : )
Done? That train left the station as soon as you voted to put this monstrosity in play sans border controls.
This is a total distraction. He and his fellow libs are making this about the amendment and then they will pull it and pass it and say “Republicans won”.
Perhaps we should be lobbying FOR this amendment then??? That’s easily one of the least objectionable things about this monstrosity. If all it takes to get the RINOs off of this is the gay issue, then conservative Senators should let it in.
Thanks for allowing me to explain. This amendment was first introduced in the committee marking up the bill and was withdrawn because democrats recognized that, while it appealed to a small number of their core constituency, it certainly did not help with the larger majority. It is being introduced now as a distraction with the expectation that it will be defeated but that the people who oppose it will be labeled as being intolerant. If the Republicans call their bluff and refuse to be baited, the Democrats must either withdraw the amendment and offend their gay constituency or pass it and put their vulnerable members in jeopardy with the large number of voters who certainly don't support the gay agenda.
Remember, the amendment is only a change in the proposed law and doesn't mean anything unless the overall bill is enacted. In the event the bill passes the Senate, it would have virtually no chance in the House if this amendment is included. This is a classic poison pill and it would be poetic justice if the Democrats did it to themselves. The fact that Oboma might preen before his gay supporters means nothing if the bill itself can be defeated.
At least he draws a line somewhere.
....is this guy for real?
Never trust a man who trusts Schumer. Rubio is toast.
The bill is poison as is, so I hope they pass that amendment in the Senate. This is a win/win. It’s time for the GOP to go after the urban black vote anyway.
They started as Republicans and it’s through manipulation and a the mendacity of the media that they joined the Slavery Party.
How about vouchers, jobs and self defense as an outreach foundation?
Look no further than who he hired to be his chief of staff.