Senate Republicans this week warned that Democratic efforts to add coverage for same-sex couples in a far-reaching immigration bill would cause the entire effort to fail, but others doubted that the GOP can afford to walk away from the issue to mollify social conservatives. "Alienating the majority of the country that sees LGBT equality as a done deal is a losing issue for them," said Rachel Tiven, executive director at Immigration Equality. Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin also dismissed the warning as "bluster."

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