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Lessons from Lincoln leave gay immigrants behind

“I believe, in my heart of hearts, that what you’re doing is the right and just thing, but I believe this is the wrong moment, and this is the wrong bill.” That was Senator Dick Durbin yesterday, one of several Democratic senators who wistfully explained -- some of them even convincingly -- why a provision allowing binational gay couples to reunite under immigration reform shouldn’t even be voted on. Republicans, notably Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake, were openly threatening to sink a bill with LGBT provisions, risking the unbroken momentum of immigration reform. Indeed, the bill was successfully voted out of committee. All those Lincoln screenings in Washington last year have evidently sunk in, because Tony Kushner couldn’t have scripted it better.

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