Immigration overhaul could leave gay couples out

The demand by these couples to gain the same immigration rights as heterosexuals is supported by key members of Congress, but is undermining the fractious coalition of groups needed to push through an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. Including equal treatment for gay partners of U.S. citizens, key advocates say, threatens to doom the already fragile hopes for change. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Naomi Isler - Sep 12, 2010 - 8:57 PM PDT
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Edited by: Jon Mitchell - Sep 22, 2010 - 10:55 AM PDT
George Daniels
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by George Daniels - Sep. 16, 2010

In this story, we see the political debate through the experience of an actual couple. The political players are identified, quoted and the personal struggle is explained through experiences of more than one person. The use of an unnamed couple is tolerable here because there is another couple that is named.

For Beddingfield and de Leon, the issue is personal as well as political. De Leon expects to finish his doctorate in public and urban policy in the spring. If an ... More »

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Cristian King
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by Cristian King - Nov. 8, 2010

Social capital is involved in two ways in this story. One is simply with the various social networks that it mentions, such as the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The other is how the story implies that immigration reformers need to come together and reevaluate immigration reform to realize that it is not just an issue of race, but also of sexual orientation.

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Vanessa Saunders
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by Vanessa Saunders - Nov. 8, 2010

This article is relevant to the issue of social capital in it's discussion of several social networks. The members of the evangelical religious faith (The National Hispanic Christain Leadership Conference and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) are the main social network discussed in the article. This social network seems to be one of a bridging sort, bringing together Latino and caucasian members of different conferences together to oppose provisions for gay and lesbian ... More »

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Carlos Rocha
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by Carlos Rocha - Oct. 15, 2010

This is a textbook example of good journalism. The piece takes an original point of view and is very intriguing for the reader. The topic is relevant for many audience members and offers in depth insight to various key issues in modern day society. The major strength of the piece comes from its originality. It offers excellent balance that is often hard to find in "original" articles. The piece's only weakness is that it lacks citation of one couple. However, a second couple is sourced. Accurate, well written, well framed, and enterprising. A must read.

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Wendy Wohlfeill
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by Wendy Wohlfeill - Sep. 15, 2010

This is an interesting point of immigration law that had never occurred to me. Very informative article. Unfortunately, as the past has shown thus far--I don't think we will be seeing an easy solution to this issue in the near future.

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Ashley Larm
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by Ashley Larm - Sep. 24, 2010

This was very well written article and I would recommend it to others interested in the topic of gay rights. It was a very effective article because it began with a specific story of a real couple and their struggle with the issue, then moved on to statistics of the situation, and ended with direct quotes about the situation from both sides of the story.

As for heterosexuals not having all of the same rights as straight couples - there is no reason for it! It makes no difference to anyone if someone is married to a man or a woman and it should make no difference, especially when the government is involved. The federal government refuses to recognize gay marriages simply because there is a fight between gay rights and immigration laws and they are more concerned with keeping the immigration laws as stiff as possible without adding the ... More »

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Christina Romeo
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by Christina Romeo - Sep. 26, 2010

I feel that the subject matter, as well as the human interest invoked in this article makes is a great piece of journalism. However, I felt that it was biased in supporting undocumented immigrants in their fight for American Citizenship. As stated in class one day, making articles relatable, personable and stating interviews of first-hand accounts of the effects of an issue will almost always spark interest in a consumer. It is easy to persuade someone when a reporter is playing with the heart strings of its readers, a good quality to have. The fact that two controversial issues, Gay Marriage and Immigration, are combined also makes this a strong journalistic piece.

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