GOProud, the conservative gay Republican group, has slammed U.S. Sen. John McCain for comments he made Tuesday on CBS News.
McCain, R-Ariz., said he doesn't believe including gay and lesbian binational couples in immigration reform in not of "paramount importance at this time."
Responds GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia:
(Washington, D.C.) – This week, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators released the framework for comprehensive immigration reform. This morning, on CBS This Morning, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), one of the chief architects of the immigration reform framework, made it clear that the Senate bill would not include provisions that would allow gay Americans to legally sponsor their spouses in the same way opposite-sex couples are currently allowed to. In response, Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud, issued the following statement:
"The question of immigration reform is a thorny one, one where there are no easy fixes. Our organization has not yet taken a position on comprehensive immigration reform; however, we are sharply critical of the comments made by Senator McCain this morning.
"It defies logic that Senator McCain would craft an immigration proposal that would reward gay people who came to this country illegally with a path to citizenship, but deny legal gay couples the opportunity to access the same immigration rights as opposite-sex couples.
"Under Senator McCain's vision for America, a gay American would be better off urging his or her partner to break the law, sneak across the border and come here illegally, and be granted amnesty by the Senator.
"If Senator McCain and his colleagues are interested in putting together a proposal that makes sense of our complex immigration laws, this is not a good start."
Log Cabin Republicans spokesman West Honeycutt said his group is considering issuing a statement on Tuesday or Wednesday.