LGBT Protection Added to Violence Against Women Act
BY Josh Hinkle
March 16 2012 4:59 PM ET
Senate Democrats have added new provisions to the Violence Against Women Act, originally passed with broad support from both parties in 1994.
The act already seeks to combat violence against women and funds services for victims. The new provisions would extend the act to cover LGBT and immigrant victims, according to the Associated Press. As Congress fights about issues such as contraceptive access and abortion rights, female Democratic members are now calling on Republicans to remain bipartisan on the Violence Against Women Act.
However, the changes have caused a rift between Democrats and Republicans, even though many of the latter once supported the legislation.
“Protecting women against violence shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” Democratic senator Patty Murray of Washington said on the Senate floor Thursday.
- WATCH: Mom Affirms Her Love in Son's Coming-Out Video
- Wives Want To Know If Their Husbands Are Gay
- Op-ed: We're Here, We're Queer, We're Not Part of a Pair
- One Day in Big Gaylarious America
- Op-ed: Two and a Half Men Introduces Trans Character, Manages to Stay Respectful
- Buck Angel Shuts Down Transgender Surgery Fundraising Site
- Women 17 Reasons to Swoon Over Androgynous Model Harmony Boucher 2 hours 17 min ago
- Travel WestJet Showers Fliers With Holiday Gifts 2 hours 48 min ago
- Television 5 Reasons to Plug In to Masters of Sex 7:22 PM
- Travel VIDEO: Travel Helps People Live Longer, Says Study 6:35 PM
- Music WATCH: Melissa Etheridge Debuts Song to Help Gay Russians 6:08 PM
- Religion WATCH: Lesbian Friend Might Convert Kids, Warns Robertson 6:03 PM
- Women 3 Gay Lady-Related Golden Globe Nominations that Make Us Happy! 4:20 PM