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House Republicans Violence Against Women Act: As Long As You're Not Gay

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    House Republicans unveiled their own version of the Violence Against Women Act today with little to no fanfare. You might wonder why they decided to unveil their bill on the House Rules Committee website and not at a big news conference showcasing to women that they are serious about their security. They might have done this because they already know how controversial their bill will be and they are most likely going to try to jam it through as quietly as possible.

    Some of the key differences in the House Bill:

    NO protection for LGBT victims of domestic violence
    Removes "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as under served populations and disqualifies them from accessing victim services
    Removes language from the Senate bill that requires programs that receive funding under VAWA to serve LGBT victims
    Excludes LGBT victims from the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors) program which assists law enforcement officials in addressing domestic violence

    So, it seems like the House Republicans only want to stop violence against women that are like them and need not worry about our lesbian and transgender individuals in this country. The biggest shock to me is that the NeoCons in the Republican party keep doing these kind of things even though the political winds are changing towards our gay and lesbian citizens. They keep fighting a battle that is destined to be lost, but insist on fighting it until the end. I can only hope that we push back hard against these charades and teach them once and for all that everyone in this country--gay, straight, transgender, etc. deserve EQUAL protection under the law.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Hey jaredsxtn, I couldn't agree with you more. NO ONE deserves to be "ousted" from consideration. Human beings are human beings, and this is irregardless of their gender, age, sexual preferences, and yes, even political preferences. Victims are victims regardless of everything and anything, so as long as they are human, they should be protected. Any group or political party has zero right to exclude another from their ranks, unless the stated objectives and goals for that organization specifically state in written form that a specific gender, age, or sexual preference is not welcome in their ranks. For instance, a girl would/should not be allowed to participate and join a Boy Scout Troop, but then again this is not like letting her join the Boy Scout Troop and then ultimately ousting her for her being a female.

    So, in the example you referenced above, it is totally WRONG to exclude ANY female from the ability to receive benefits from the Violence Against Women Act. If she is a woman and has had her personage mentally or physically violated, regardless by whom, she deserves the protection of the law PERIOD.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    michaels39301 Wrote: Hey jaredsxtn, I couldn't agree with you more. NO ONE deserves to be "ousted" from consideration. Human beings are human beings, and this is irregardless of their gender, age, sexual preferences, and yes, even political preferences. Victims are victims regardless of everything and anything, so as long as they are human, they should be protected. Any group or political party has zero right to exclude another from their ranks, unless the stated objectives and goals for that organization specifically state in written form that a specific gender, age, or sexual preference is not welcome in their ranks. For instance, a girl would/should not be allowed to participate and join a Boy Scout Troop, but then again this is not like letting her join the Boy Scout Troop and then ultimately ousting her for her being a female.

    So, in the example you referenced above, it is totally WRONG to exclude ANY female from the ability to receive benefits from the Violence Against Women Act. If she is a woman and has had her personage mentally or physically violated, regardless by whom, she deserves the protection of the law PERIOD.
    You are right; all humans are parked on this globe and should have same equal rights; we all breathe the same air and are human I hope.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Morons will be morons. Governing through excluding people is hopefully a thing of the past.