What would have happened if same-sex illegal immigrants wanted in-state tuition?

April 11, 2011

In the Sun paper's story ("House OK's in-state tuition measure," April 9), one comment took me by surprise. Bishop Douglas I. Miles, pastor of Koinonia Baptist Church in Northeast Baltimore and a member of Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, among the most vocal groups in supporting the bill, said "We come out of generations that faced discrimination. We could not help but stand with the children of immigrants."

I could have sworn that I read that some church leaders were the strongest opponents of the same-sex marriage bill earlier this year. A little earlier in the same article it read "Church leaders lined up behind the in-state tuition legislation. Some said they were able to win over African-American delegates by finding a common denominator in the fight against intolerance." I also seem to remember someone saying the same-sex marriage people shouldn't try to ride the coattails of the African-Americans on the civil rights issue, it wasn't the same thing.

Is discrimination and intolerance something one fights against only if it's a cause one believes in? Isn't there a common denominator in both of these issues? Makes me wonder what would have happened to this bill if it were about same-sex illegal immigrants wanting tuition benefits.

David Gosey, Towson

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