No Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the reauthorization bill for the Violence Against Women Act introduced by its chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy, and Senator Michael Crapo, a Republican of Idaho, who is not on the committee. The Republican opposition to the Violence Against Women Act, the 1994 is largely a matter of the language of the bill. The problem with the bill is the language that makes sure victims are not denied services because they are gay or transgender and a provision that would allow for special visas for undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic violence.
Senator Charles Grassley, the committee’s ranking Republican, offered a substitute bill that not only cut out that language but called for a huge reduction in authorized financing, and elimination of the Justice Department office devoted to administering the law and coordinating the nation’s response to domestic violence and sexual assaults. His measure was defeated along party lines. Getting the 60 votes needed to get the bill through the full Senate will not be easy, even though previous reauthorizations were approved by unanimous consent.
Republicans are not against protection for women in domestic violence situations, but are opposed to including language to include gays and illegal immigrants, which are hot button issues for republicans. But as a Christian, I believe everyone deserves protection and justice from domestic violence, regardless of their lifestyle. We, as republicans, can protect all people, while not supporting their illicit and illegal lifestyle choices.
Gay people need their own shelters, so as not to put men in a women’s shelter. Being a previous victim, I wouldn’t have wanted to be around any men at the time. Women need to feel protected and when men are present, they likely won’t. As far as illegal immigrants, they should be afforded protection, women in women’s shelters, and gays or men in other shelters. Keep them separate!
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