How do you stop progressive legislation without offending major groups who benefit from that legislation?
House Republicans think they have found a winning ticket. They hang all their opposition to a piece of legislation on the fact that LGBT Americans are included in it. This way they can blame others for their ideological rigidity. In addition the Republicans can insert a wedge in between members of the grand coalition that put Obama into office for a second term.
The first time was with the immigration bill with McCain and Graham insisting that LGBT Americans not be included the legislation. In addition, House Republicans have made clear that if LGBT Americans are included it could kill the legislation. Of course that forces our allies to chose between us or the legislation they so desperately been seeking.
Now Think Progress is reporting that House Republicans have stripped LGBT issues out of the Violence Against Women Act.
The House GOP bill entirely leaves out provisions aimed at helping LGBT victims of domestic violence. Specifically, the bill removes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” from the list of underserved populations who face barriers to accessing victim services, thereby disqualifying LGBT victims from a related grant program. The bill also eliminates a requirement in the Senate bill that programs that receive funding under VAWA provide services regardless of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity
Will be interesting to see how House Republicans attempt to stop climate change since LGBT Americans would benefit from a cleaner and environmentally sound planet. Maybe they will insert a provision banning LGBT citizens from breathing the clean air or forcing us to live along the coast near the rising waters!