America—Illegals + Gay Marriage = Harmony!


The Nation's Richard Kim points to one of the more surreal counterblasts in the illegal immigration debate. Journalist Jasmyne Cannick, a former "People of Color Media Manager" for GLAAD, writes that gays were already in the Civil Rights queue—and hey, illegals! No cutting!

With all due respect, Mr. President, there can be no guest worker program until we resolve the issue of making sure that all lesbian and gay legal workers have the right to take up to 12 weeks of leave from work to care for a seriously ill partner or parent of a partner and the right to purchase continued health coverage for a domestic partner after the loss of a job.

I've never thought of this as a zero-sum issue before, and I can't say Cannick has convinced me. Kim's own response: "Honey, if you don't want to be viewed as a racist, then don't write like one!"