Which 19 Democrats Helped Virginia Foxx And The GOP Bash The Gays?

Pam reported earlier on the pointless vote the House took today on odious Virginia Foxx's odious gay bashing amendment to the House Defense Appropriations bill.

In truth, the amendment is toothless and accomplishes little. It is merely a statement that the DOD should spend no money on gay troops' lawfully wedded husbands and wives, which because of DOMA the DOD had no intention (or likely, desire) to do anyway. (Isn't that kind? They can die for our country, but God forbid, the Army should spring for a meal or a cot for their families. How patriotic of the GOP. Whatever…)   

I thought it was important we put into sharp focus who in the Democratic party aligned themselves with Virginia Foxx and the GOP’s little gay bashing stunt.  

Naming names after the fold. Look for yours. (Sorry Pam, NC does not fare well. New York and Florida do their LGBT constituents proud though.)This amendment was not included in the Senate version of the bill. It is for all intents and purposes merely a grandstanding opportunity to the gay bigot crowd. There was no real point to voting for this amendment except to express your faithful allegiance to Virginia Foxx and the gay-bashing agenda of the Republican party. 

So, I encourage you to see if your rep is part of the gay-bashing cabal of the United States House of Representative. From Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade, here are the 19 Democrats who voted in favor of the amendment: 

Jason Altmire (D-Pa.)

John Barrow (D-Ga.)

Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.)

Dan Boren (D-Okla.)

Ben Chandler (D-Ky.)

Jerry Costello (D-Ill.)

Mark Critz (D-Pa.)

Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)

Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)

Gene Green (D-Texas)

Tim Holden (D-Pa.)

Larry Kissell (D-N.C.)

Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.)

Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.)

James Matheson (D-Utah)

Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)

Nich Rahall (D-W.V.)

Mike Ross (D-Ark.)

Heath Shuler (D-N.C.).

So, if they represent you, congratulations! Your rep is more regressive on LGBT rights than these 6 Republican who voted against it. They are: 

Reps. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.)

Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.)

Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.)

Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) 

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).

Coincidentally, Joe Sudbay of AmericaBlog just posted a piece about the key role a united Democratic front played in winning marriage equality in New York State last month. The national party leaders might do well to study it if they ever intend to actually make good on their promises to deliver DOMA repeal or ENDA someday.

PS: Homo-bashers? How does this bill make jobs? Don’t you have more important things to do?

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