House Republican seeks to change name of Equality Act to ‘Forfeiting Women’s Rights Act’

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Above: Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) seeks to change then name of the Equality Act to the “Forfeiting Women’s Rights Act” (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

With a vote on the Equality Act expected next week in the U.S. House, Republicans are proposing a slew of anti-LGBT amendments on floor consideration of the measure.

The distinction for the most condescending and superficial amendment goes to Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.), who proposed an amendment to change the Equality Act to to the “Forfeiting Women’s Rights Act.”

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House GOP urges Trump to drop LGBT protections in NAFTA update

By : CHRIS JOHNSON OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A group of nearly 40 House Republicans are calling on President Trump to drop from the updated U.S. trade proposal with Mexico and Canada a provision encouraging countries to adopt policies barring anti-LGBT discrimination in the workforce, throwing ratification of the deal in question.

In a letter dated Nov. 16, lawmakers led by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) say they’re “deeply concerned” by the proposed LGBT requirements in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement initiated by President Trump. An article in Politico Nov. 16 highlighted the letter.

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