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“Nuns on the Bus” to go back on road for immigration reform

“Nuns on the Bus” to go back on road for immigration reform

The Washington Post reports David Gibson’s Religion News Service article that the Nuns will again rev up the bus:

“The’Nuns on the Bus’ is going on the road again!” Sister Simone Campbell, head of the social justice lobby Network, told an enthusiastic gathering of faith leaders and charity activists at a Manhattan awards ceremony Wednesday (May 1).

“This time we’re going out for common-sense immigration reform,” she said to rousing applause.

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Weiwen Ng

One of the key breakpoints in the religious side of the immigration debate is same-sex spouses.

I do not know the nuns’ stance on this. But we do know that the Catholic Bishops and many conservative Evangelicals would not support the legislation if it contained same-sex spouse provisions.

I hope the nuns would be willing to work with the pro-LGBT side. That could give some Catholic legislators the cover they need.

However, the House is dominated by very conservative Republicans. It is likely to stay dominated by those Republicans for a number of years.

What to readers think we should do if we come to a point where we can pass a bill without provisions for same-sex spouses, or else there is no bill?

I think I would hold my nose. I would prefer not to be in that situation. However, it’s a realistic one. And please, nobody get the impression that the President should put himself out on a limb and use his powers of rhetoric – Presidential involvement is polarizing. Threatening to get the conservatives unelected is not going to work, given how gerrymandered House districts are.

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