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Why conservatives should support immigration equality

A majority of Americans now support marriage equality, and a (slowly) growing number of Republicans have recently come around to the idea, too. Despite this, the opposition to the inclusion of gay binational couples and their families in immigration reform remains strong. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), of "Gang of Eight" fame, told the New York Times on Wednesday that "there’s a reason this language wasn’t included in the Gang of Eight’s bill: It’s a deal-breaker for most Republicans... Finding consensus on immigration legislation is tough enough without opening the bill up to social issues [like gay marriage].”

On Thursday in the Daily Beast, writer Jonathan Rauch called Flake's "deal-breaker" misguided -- and a GOP "suicide mission" (emphasis mine):

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