Controversy of the Day

Republicans blocked LGBTQ anti-discrimination legislation right after Orlando

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Last year the country got universal marriage equality, but LGBTQs still face a lot of discrimination. (tedeytan/Flickr)

So Democratic lawmakers called for action on gun control after the Orlando shooting. One senator even staged an epic filibuster to force a vote on two measures.

Meanwhile, House Republicans just blocked an amendment that would make it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ employees.

Actually, they refused to even allow a vote on the amendment, which its sponsor, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) pointed out would be really well-timed right now:

"It’s hard to imagine that any act that is so horrific could lead to anything positive. But if we were going to do anything, it would be a very positive step to say that discrimination has no place in our law."

The House Rules Committee did not allow the amendment to proceed to a full House vote, even though it actually had quite a bit of Republican support--and two Republican co-sponsors.

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Republicans blocked LGBTQ anti-discrimination legislation right after Orlando

Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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