By Meghan Austin on 05/21/2013 @ 08:20 PM
Like many of you, I’ve been watching the immigration markup with one hand over my eyes. My partner needs a green card now. If I were straight, she would already have one. I’ve done everything I can to keep my family together here in Brooklyn: I called, I wrote, I lobbied on the Hill with families from all over the country. I met with Senator Schumer in person.
A few weeks ago, Senator Schumer looked me in the eye and told me that he would stand with our families in committee. Well, today he broke that promise. Personally, I am disgusted by his lack of courage and leadership.
Today in the Senate, “Gang of 8” Senators Schumer and Durbin caved to Republicans’ bullying and the “Gang” became a bipartisan force for discrimination. They threw LGBT families under the bus. Remember the last time they did this? They both voted for DOMA in 1996. Well, it’s not 1996 anymore. History will remember which Senators voted for DOMA and then refused to cast a vote to clean up the mess they made.
Our opponents say there is one choice: discriminate against my family or help 11 million immigrants. It’s a false choice. Once families like mine are out of the picture, politicians who want to kill the immigration bill will simply move on to their next target.
Despite Chairman Leahy's leadership, Senator Schumer and his “Gang of 8” colleagues played a cynical political game today. Let’s remember what happened today, and hold them accountable for betraying our families. We will continue to fight – in Congress and in the courts – until we win.