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ThinkProgress, March 4, 2013: GOP Congresswoman: I Opposed Domestic Violence Bill Because It Protected Too Many Groups
GOP Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn said on MSNBC that she voted against the Violence Against Women Act because she "didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups."
The "other different groups" that Ms Blackburn cites includes the LGBT community, Native American women, and undocumented immigrants, precisely the groups that are more often targeted for abuse.
As per ThinkProgress:
"The reauthorized VAWA allows programs targeting LGBT victims of domestic violence to compete on equal footing for grant money with other groups serving underserved populations, and it ensures that LGBT victims will not be turned away from shelters and other services because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. These victims of violence deserve the same protections as anyone else caught in domestic abuse.
"Additionally, the reauthorized VAWA includes provisions to prevent serial rapists and similar abusers from preying on Native American women. If Blackburn considers Native American women a “different group,” then it’s one she should be most concerned about: Three out of every five Native American women has been assaulted by an intimate partner."
Marsha Blackburn seems out of touch with the rest of the nation including a majority of Representatives and Senators that voted for and approved the act. I wonder how her constituents in Tennessee feel about her.