Congresswoman Votes Against VAWA Because of LGBT Inclusiveness
By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com March 05 2013 4:01 AM ET
A Republican congresswoman admitted that the only thing preventing her from voting in favor of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because of its' LGBT-inclusive provisions, among others.
Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn told MSNBC that she voted against the newly approved House version of the VAWA due to added protections for LGBT people subjected to partner violence, as well as Native American people and immigrants. Blackburn was one of the 138 to vote against the bill, with 286 in favor. Eighty-seven Republicans supported the LGBT-inclusive VAWA.
"I didn't like the way it was expanded to include other different groups," she said. "What you need is something that is focused specifically to help the shelters and to help out law enforcement who is trying to work with the crimes that have been committed against women and helping them to stand up."