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Meet The Anti-Gay GOP Congressman Who Just Scuttled The Equality Act



One Minnesota Congressman opted to make sure the Equality Act did not even get a vote in committee.

The Equality Act is a bill introduced in the House and Senate that would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” It would also expand the scope of the iconic civil rights law to include areas like housing and credit and education. 

Naturally, Republicans are opposed.

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) on Wednesday made the first attempt to get a House committee to vote on the bill, but was thwarted by Tennessee GOP Congressman David Roe.

Roe claimed the bill was not “germane” to the legislation under consideration, the Protecting Local Business Act, which the Washington Blade’s Chief Political & White House Reporter describes as “Republican-crafted” and “anti-union legislation for small businesses.”

Polis, as seen in the video below, defended the Equality Act and explained why it should be attached to the legislation under consideration.

“My amendment addresses a pervasive problem in the American workforce that makes it harder for hundreds of thousands of American families to live their lives,” Polis told his colleagues on the House Committee on Education & The Workforce. 

In a statement to the Washington Blade, Polis said, “I take extreme exception to the idea that equality for LGBT Americans is somehow non-germane to the work our committee should be doing.”

“The committee’s stated goals in moving the so-called ‘Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act’ were to grow our economy and create jobs,” Polis added. “Unfortunately, that bill wouldn’t do either of those things, so my amendment attempted to substitute it for one that would. Discrimination is an economic inefficiency, and it is in our economy’s best interest that we work to put a stop to it.”

After Rep. Roe made his claim, the committee chairman, Rep. John Kline, made his ruling, agreeing with Roe, scuttling the Equality Act, at least for now.

But after Polis made a strong argument, why not let the bill get a vote?

You may remember Rep. Kline, a Republican of Minnesota, won Bill Maher’s “Flip A District” award last year, with the HBO comedian describing Kline as the “living embodiment of legislation for hire.”

Kline’s record speaks for itself.

He’s voted against ENDA and several times for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Kline received a 0% rating from HRC in 2006.

And last year, as NCRM reported, Kline demanded the Department of Labor drop its rules that extend protections to LGBT employees of federal contractors, which were based on President Obama’s executive orders.

Kline also co-sponsored a bill that, as That’s My Congress reported, “would make it a declaration of Congress that ‘it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand,’ and would ‘encourage the public display’ of the phrase ‘In God We Trust’ in every public building and in every public school.”

Of course, the Equality Act is far from dead. It can be brought up again and again, until it passes.


Image: Screenshot via Chris Johnson/YouTube


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Watch: Right Wing Host at NRA Convention Likens 18 Year Olds Buying Guns to 3rd Graders Deciding Gender



A host from a right-wing streaming service covering the NRA convention in Houston decided to compare conservatives’ growing active opposition to the rights and existence of transgender people, to the majority of Americans demanding expanded gun control legislation.

“We are being told by the left that a third-grader has the knowledge to determine if they were born a boy or they were born a girl, whether or not they want to stay that gender that they were born with,” said Brian Glenn, Right Side Broadcasting’s director of programming and correspondent.

“And if we feel like at a third grade you can make decisions on your gender, then I think by the time you’re 18 you should have enough maturity – assuming you’re not a complete psychopath – to buy a handgun and exercise your Second Amendment.”

Of course, that hypothetical third-grader is harming exactly no one and later can reverse that decision if they choose, which the vast majority do not.

That hypothetical 18-year old, or, in the case of this week’s horrific tragedy, an actual 18-year old, buying two AR-15 style assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition within three days of their 18th birthday, gunning down 21 people including 19 elementary school children, cannot reverse any of those decisions.



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Local Texas Cops Blocked Specialized Federal Tactical Team That Killed Shooter From Engaging for One Hour



When a specially equipped U.S. Border Patrol tactical team arrived on the scene of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, local police who were already on the scene wouldn’t allow them to engage with the shooter, The New York Times reports.

“The agents from Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at some point between 12 p.m. and 12:10 p.m., according to the officials — far earlier than previously known,” The Times’ report stated. “But they did not breach the adjoining classrooms of the school where the gunman had locked himself in until a little before 1 p.m. Members of the federal tactical team killed the gunman.”

But officials speaking to The Times say the Uvalde Police Department prevented the agents from going in sooner.

The new details further call into the question the thinking behind how law enforcement responded to the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers. The Border Patrol and ICE agents say they did not understand why they were force to wait. All of the 21 victims died in the area where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos had barricaded himself in.

IN OTHER NEWS: Christian summer camp ‘rebuked’ girls who reported assault and told them to ‘forgive’ assailant: report

Read the full report at The New York Times.


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Cops Waited 47 Minutes Because They Were Waiting for a Key to the Door, Thought Shooter Was Barricaded Despite 911 Calls



Texas law enforcement officers on scene in Uvalde, Texas waited 47 minutes to break into the classroom where an 18-year old gunman slaughtered 19 children because they were waiting for a key to open the door, and thought it was no longer an active shooter situation.

“From the benefit of hindsight…it was the wrong decision,” admitted Texas Department of Public Safety director Col. Steven McGraw.

That decision was made despite children calling 911 during that time, begging for help, according to multiple reports, including this from the New York Times’ Mike Baker:

“You say there were 19 officers gathered in the hallway or somewhere,” CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz said during Friday’s press conference. “What efforts were made to try and break through that door? You say it was locked. What efforts were the officers making?”

“None at that time,” DPS director replied.

“The on-scene commander at that time believed it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject,” he said, adding moments later that “he believed there were no more children at risk.”

“Obviously, based on the information we have, there were children in that classroom and it was in fact still an active shooter investigation.”


This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

This article has been updated with New York Times’ 911 call information.

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