The US House of Representatives today looked more like a scene from a playground than a room filled with elected officials. In a country where we can legally marry the one we love, the House felt that we don’t deserve the same protections under the law. The House Republicans blocked a bill that would end funding to anti-LGBT government contractors. The chaos erupted, though, because Republicans decided, last minute, to band together and convince others to vote against it.
The GOP leaders, held an open vote, and insisted that members change their votes, this made the Democrats furious. According to the Hill, Democrats chanted “Shame! Shame! Shame!” “This is one of the ugliest episodes I’ve experienced in my three-plus years as a member of this House,” Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who introduced the bill, said.
House Democrats shout “shame” at Republican colleagues after a vote on an LGBT amendment https://t.co/JvMdaKSypk
— POLITICO (@politico) May 19, 2016
You can read Maloney’s statement after the jump as well….
“Today, House Republicans defeated an amendment by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney that would ensure that federal contractors cannot discriminate against LGBT employees. Several Republican Members initially cast votes in favor of Rep. Maloney’s amendment but shamefully changed their votes after it was clear the amendment would pass, leading the amendment to fail by just a single vote. Not only did they vote against equality and inclusion, but t1hose who switched their votes did not even have the courage to do so openly in the well of the House. They did so quietly from the back benches, contrary to established practice that requires vote-switching to be done in person at the Clerk’s desk, and House Republican leaders held a two-minute vote open for nearly eight minutes.
“But the action they hoped would slip quietly under the radar will instead surely be heard loudly and clearly across the nation as a rallying cry to all who cherish equality, justice, and civil rights – that those who stand against the full inclusion and protection of LGBT individuals and their families ought to be called out and held accountable. House Democrats will continue to hold them accountable for their anti-LGBT record and their actions as long as it takes to ensure that the words of our Declaration ring true across this land: that all ‘are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’”