On May 19, US House of Representative Republicans appeared ready to pass an amendment that would have barred federal contractors from getting government work if they discriminate against the LGBT community. In the last few minutes of voting, however, the GOP leadership apparently twisted some arms and muscled enough Republicans to switch their votes so that the amendment failed. Needless to say, the House "erupt[ed] in chaos," according to the story in Politico. Our own Gwen Moore made her feelings known:

When the votes began shifting out of the 'aye' column on [the] measure [sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.)], booing erupted in the chamber. Almost every Democrat was on his or her feet shouting and eventually they broke out in a chant, pointing their fingers at the other side of the chamber where the Republicans sit: “Shame! Shame! Shame!”


Republicans on the other side sat in their seats quietly. Some looked disappointed. As the amendment was being voted down, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen appeared to shake her head in disappointment. The Florida Republican has a transgender son and is one of the few Republicans who has been outspoken in advocating for the LGBT community.

After the chair closed the vote, Democrats continued shouting in anger.

“There will be order in this chamber,” the chair said.

“No there will not be!” yelled Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), who stood at the base of the podium. She pounded her fists on the table in front of her.

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Nancy Kaplan


Retired Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, news junky, progressive