The Civil Rights President

Richard Socarides hopes the president will further advance gay rights during his second term. On his wish list:

An Administration that is more responsive on immigration issues and more aggressive on the appointment of sympathetic federal judges. Advocates want to be a part of any comprehensive immigration reform, allowing same-sex bi-national married couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. And, like other left-leaning constituencies, they would like the Administration to focus more on the appointment of progressive federal judges, in which even Senate Democrats believe they have lagged. (Jeffrey Toobin has more on that.)

Comprehensive immigration reform should be comprehensive. That means including gay spouses from other countries exactly as we do straight ones. If you legitimately marry an American citizen, you can become an American. Simple – and yet so much pain, grief, sadness and anxiety has been created by the hostility to gay relationships that our immigration law reflects.