US House: Violence Against Women Act passes 286-138

From the Human Rights Campaign: The US House has passed the Senate-approved version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
that includes important protections for LGBT individuals.

The  bill was passed 78 to 22 in a bipartisan Senate vote and today’s 286 to 138 vote included 87 Republicans.

Today’s victory marks a rare occasion when Republicans and Democrats
came together to ensure explicit protections in the federal code for
“sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”  It is also the first time
that any federal non-discrimination provisions include the LGBT
community.

President Obama has pledged to sign the bill which prohibits any
program or activity funded by the bill from discriminating against a
victim based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender
identity.  It also explicitly includes LGBT victims in two key VAWA
grant programs. 

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