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June 13, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Earlier today Sen. Marco Rubio noted two things that would cause him to walk away from the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. In an interview with Andrea Tantaros, Rubio said that if the bill does not improve the “border situation” it will not pass. He added that “beyond that, if this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill” and that he would no longer support it.

Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy has proposed just such an amendment to the bill. According to the Hill, Leahy filed the amendment earlier this week.

Two days earlier, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced an amendment that would provide the same protections to immigrants in same-sex married couples as heterosexual couples. The amendment would allow partners of immigrants living in the country illegally to get a green card under new provisions of the immigration bill. The text of the amendment reads, “any marriage entered into full compliance with the laws of the State or foreign country within which such marriage was performed.”

Both the amendment and Rubio’s comments follow the Senate’s approval of a motion to proceed on the bill.

In response to Rubio’s comments, a Leahy aide said that the senator “has filed the legislation and is committed to keep fighting for equality. He has not made a decision yet on whether to bring it up for a vote.”

If Sen. Rubio means what he says, that amendment could become an on-off switch for his support.

Prediction: The same Democrats who torpedoed the Grassley security amendment will not only vote for the gay rights amendment, they will cast any vote against it as “homophobic.” If it causes Rubio to walk away from the whole bill, the gay rights amendment becomes a cultural weapon against him in any future national campaign.

Exit question for Sen. Rubio: Do you trust Patrick Leahy and Chuck Schumer?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Well, same-sex is a loser in the Hispanic community, so it will only help Rubio. I don't think Leahy is trying anything strategic. He may be a true believer, or merely pandering to his constituents. But yes, it could inadvertently save Rubio's bacon.
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Lets get this straight - Rubio's BILL is about Rubio and not immigration or border security, etc. He is positioning himself as the next best candidate for POTUS and is pandering to the expected flood of new hispanic votes to sweep him into office. There is no other interest in the bill for him other than that. Don't look for the MSM to point out his waffling on the border security 'issue' - they'll be saving that 'hammer' for an actual campaign effort against him.

Border security is only an issue because polls show Americans of all stripes WANT something done to seal the border. The powers-that-be can't or won't enforce the laws already on the books and neither the democrats or republicans have much interest in actually doing their job - which is to protect the interests of the USA.

Mr. Rubio is doing a great job ---- of promoting himself. And not much else.
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With the only (apparent) exception being gun-control all the Republicans have done for the last ten years is play right into the Democrats' hands.

Which is doubly infuriating because of how stupid and transparent the Dems are.
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