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Republicans argued the Equality Act hurts women & then voted against women’s rights bills

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Jan 18, 2020 San Francisco protest for the ERA Photo: Shutterstock On the same day Senate Republicans spent three hours arguing that the landmark LGBTQ civil rights bill the Equality Act would hurt women if passed, House Republicans voted against two major pieces of women’s rights legislation: the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Yesterday, the Republicans voted against the Violence Against Women’s Act and the Equal Rights Amendment on the same day they said LGBTQ equality would destroy women’s rights, and complained that women’s rights were not being seen as important as LGBTQ rights.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Equality Act yesterday, the bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal civil rights legislation, banning discrimination against LGBTQ people. And Republican lawmakers, as well as the witnesses they invited, said multiple times that while they believe discrimination against LGBTQ people is bad, they are very concerned that the Equality Act would discriminate against women.

“I am deeply concerned about this act’s negative implications for all girls,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said at the hearing. GOP lawmakers repeatedly referred to transgender women as “males” and said that their presence in […]

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