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Shen reports: "Where the Senate bill granted access to federal grants for LGBT victims, the House bill is silent, removing all mention of 'sexual orientation' or 'gender identity.' As a result of this omission, LGBT-inclusive crisis centers could be shut out from essential grant programs."

The Violence Against Women Act expired at the end of 2012. (photo: MomItForward.com)
The Violence Against Women Act expired at the end of 2012. (photo: MomItForward.com)



House Republicans Strip Protections From LGBT Victims in New VAWA

By Aviva Shen, ThinkProgress

24 February 13

 

he Violence Against Women Act expired at the end of 2012 after House Republicans refused to accept the Senate bill's protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims. Though the Senate passed another bipartisan VAWA reauthorization over a week ago, House Republicans may derail passage once again. On Friday, House GOP leaders released their own VAWA bill, stripping protections for LGBT individuals and adding a loophole for Native American victims.

Where the Senate bill granted access to federal grants for LGBT victims, the House bill is silent, removing all mention of "sexual orientation" or "gender identity." As a result of this omission, LGBT-inclusive crisis centers could be shut out from essential grant programs:

The House GOP bill entirely leaves out provisions aimed at helping LGBT victims of domestic violence. Specifically, the bill removes "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" from the list of underserved populations who face barriers to accessing victim services, thereby disqualifying LGBT victims from a related grant program. The bill also eliminates a requirement in the Senate bill that programs that receive funding under VAWA provide services regardless of a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

The House bill also gives states some wiggle room by shifting greater authority to state government to decide which victimized groups are "underserved" and therefore deserve funding.

The Senate bill's protections for Native American victims were also protested as "unconstitutional" and received vocal opposition from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). Though the House bill does grant tribal courts the authority to prosecute non-native perpetrators of domestic abuse, these abusers can only receive a maximum sentence of 1 year. The bill states, "A participating tribe may exercise this special domestic violence jurisdiction over only domestic or dating violence offenses punishable by up to one year committed in Indian country against a tribal member or non-tribal member Indian who resides in Indian country." The House also adds a provision allowing the accused to take their case to federal court if they feel their rights are being violated. Currently, Native American victims with non-native partners are caught in a limbo where tribal courts cannot touch perpetrators but federal law enforcement does not have jurisdiction.

Since its inception in 1994, VAWA has been instrumental in driving down the number of partner homicides and establishing community programs to help women in abusive situations.

Update:

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), a chief advocate for VAWA in the Senate, blasted the House bill as a "non-starter" and called for moderate Republicans to take action: "It’s not a compromise, it’s an unfortunate effort to exclude specific groups of women from receiving basic protections under the law… The protections included in the Senate for new communities of women are not bargaining chips that can be played with in order to appease the far right in their party. These are badly needed new tools to give women an escape from a life stunted by abuse… It's time for moderate Republicans in the House to step up and finally force their leadership to stop ignoring the calls of women across the country."

 

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-14 # MidwestTom 2013-02-24 11:35
When I look at our gigantic fund shortfall in Illinois, and soon apparently to be in the Federal government, I am struck by people expecting nothing tio change, and no government dollars to disappear. We are entering a period where we all will have choices. Our Democratic controlled legislature has chosen cut schools before anything else. If there a state funds involved in LGBT funding I would chose schools first.
 
 
+4 # kyzipster 2013-02-25 08:03
Republicans in Congress are OK with funding programs and crisis centers that help heterosexual victims, making your argument unrelated to the topic.
 
 
+18 # pianosaurus rex 2013-02-24 11:47
".....It's time for moderate Republicans in the House to step up and finally force their leadership to stop ignoring the calls of women across the country."

Ah yes the Republican Party and women.


Gore Vidal stated it best;

"The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved — Judaism, Christianity, Islam.
These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal — God is the Omnipotent Father — hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates.
The sky-god is a jealous god, of course. He requires total obedience from everyone on earth, as he is in place not for just one tribe but for all creation. Those who would reject him must be converted or killed for their own good. Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose."

--Gore Vidal, Harvard University, April 20, 1992
 
 
+9 # jwb110 2013-02-24 12:00
If the LGBT wants to fix this they need to trade closets for going underground and working against the system that way. Take the gloves off and start outing their oppressors and believe me there are a slew of them. And for heven's sake don't ask these guys if they're. Ask them if they have sex with men. The sissy members of the GOP don't see them selves as Gay. That's a political designation. Just ask them if they are Sodomites. That'll get under their dental work. Murder these guys in a press of LGBT making in the Internet.
An act as simple as to stop doing the Hair of the conservatives wives and stop catering their parties and stop decorating their homes. That stuff seems small but that sort of shunning makes lepers of the GOP.
Washington is the gayest city in America. It makes San Francisco look like Des Moines in the sheer numbers of the GLBT presence. These same tactics can happen in every major city in the US. You want to see what happens when people are forced into less than 2nd class citizenship, then wait 'til the LGBT figures this out and gets organized.
UnEqual protection can work both ways.
 
 
+2 # Above God 2013-02-24 12:25
Tell me. Women are not a "sexual identity" and are not a"gender preference"? Duh! Violence is violence. All crimes are hate crimes. Ever hear of a "love" crime? This BS is only to make lawyers,police and the prison industry richer.
 
 
+4 # Regina 2013-02-24 14:57
The ratio of men's assaults on women to the reverse is billions. The assault is not gender-neutral -- therefore the legislation must not be gender-neutral.
 
 
0 # Above God 2013-02-24 12:30
Calling Des Moines San Francisco is an insult to both cities.
 
 
+3 # pianosaurus rex 2013-02-24 13:46
It is. last night I got a chance to watch the film Milk
 
 
+4 # DaveM 2013-02-24 12:39
What is needed is a "Violence Against Partners Act" with no reference to gender or sexual preference whatsoever. All victims of domestic violence are entitled to the protection of the law. At present, they do not receive it. And they certainly did not under the VAWA, which effectively created and anti-male domestic violence industry.
 
 
0 # pianosaurus rex 2013-02-24 13:47
Exactly. I am not interested in your sexuality unless I am interested in you sexually.
 
 
+3 # Regina 2013-02-24 15:00
See my response to "Above God." since women assault men at nowhere near the same rate as men assaulting women, there cannot be justice in a gender-free statute. VAWA MUST be specific to protect women, or at least punish their myriad assaulters.
 
 
+8 # Kootenay Coyote 2013-02-24 13:49
One must ask why this Republican institutional hatred even exists, let alone is exercised so arrogantly. These people are NOT fit to govern.
 
 
+5 # angelfish 2013-02-24 14:54
These Flaming Anal Termini are TRULY Cretins to suggest that LGBT women are any less Female than their straight counter-parts. A woman IS a Woman, no matter WHAT her sexual orientation! WHAT difference does it make when it comes to being Violated? The ignorance and arrogance of their animus is unfathomable! IMPEACH their sorry a**es!
 

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