Seven months after 68 U.S. senators overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan immigration bill, House Republicans respond with a flimsy document that only serves to underscore the callous attitude Republicans have toward our nation’s immigrants.
We said at the beginning of 2013 and we reiterate at the beginning of 2014: A roadmap to citizenship is vital to protecting working families’ rights and keeping families together. In 2013, Americans made clear they support a path to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring Americans. So should House Republicans. Half-measures that would create a permanent class of non-citizens without access to green cards should be condemned, not applauded.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered his fourth State of the State address on Jan. 22.
Here is the text, as prepared for delivery:
Valentine’s Day 2014 is shaping up to be one of the happiest for many gay and lesbian couples in America.
Abetted by the 2013 Supreme Court decision that repealed part of the Defense of Marriage Act, nine more states legalized same sex marriage in the past year, bringing the total to 17 states and D.C.
Unfortunately, a number of professional athletes have made insulting remarks about gay people. Their hateful statements, uttered by high-profile, macho role models and amplified by the media, have reinforced negative perceptions and hostility toward gays. They’ve also made it more difficult for young people who are questioning their sexual orientation to talk about and process their feelings.
But Aaron Rodgers is not one of those athletes. To our knowledge, he’s never said anything publicly about LGBT civil rights, marriage equality or anything else related to sexual orientation.
When the International Olympic Committee chose Sochi to host the 2014 Winter Games, it inadvertently put a spotlight on one of the world’s most unapologetically corrupt, bigoted and despotic nations. If committee members thought the event would have a civilizing effect on Russia, they should have looked to the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.
For a brief time, marriage equality existed in Utah.
While I couldn’t be happier for my friends at our sister organization Equality Utah, I was as shocked as many of you to learn that Utah achieved full marriage equality before Wisconsin.