This afternoon the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which also includes protection for transgender and gender non-conforming (as well as lesbian, gay, and bisexual) victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. The bill now going tot he President for signing.
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Posted by Justin Snow
February 28, 2013 4:13 PM
An LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act swept through the House of Representatives today, winning a bipartisan majority in the Republican-controlled chamber.
Voting 286 to 138 on Thursday, the House approved the Senate version of VAWA, which includes protections for LGBT victims of abuse. First signed into law in 1994, the vote comes after Congress failed to reauthorize VAWA in October 2011 over objections from Republicans to the LGBT provision, as well as provisions for Native Americans and immigrants.
Although House Republicans attempted to pass their own version of VAWA today without those contested provisions, the House rejected that bill 166 to 257 and passed the Senate version of the bill, which that chamber approved earlier this month 78 to 22.