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posted Friday, May 4, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 18
Senate passes LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act
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Senate passes LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Senate voted on April 26 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and extend its protections to LGBT persons.

The final vote was 68-31, with 15 Republicans joining all Senate Democrats in passing the measure.

Republicans held up the legislation for weeks after the Senate Judiciary Committee sent it to the floor, but finally agreed to allow an up-or-down vote.

VAWA was first enacted in 1994 to assist victims of domestic violence, date violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The latest version of the law sets aside grant money for programs dealing with sexual assault and enhances training for law enforcement officials to identify high-risk offenders who could commit domestic violence homicide.

For the first time VAWA also includes enumerated protections for victims of domestic violence in the LGBT community.

The bill contains non-discrimination language prohibiting VAWA grantees from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It also makes grants available for programs providing services to underserved communities, including LGBT victims of domestic violence.

According to a 2010 from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 44.6% of LGBT domestic violence survivors were turned away by a shelter and 54.4% of LGBT survivors seeking an order of protection were denied help.

Prior to the final vote, the Senate defeated an alternate version of VAWA reauthorization, sponsored by Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), that would have stripped the measure of its LGBT protections.

The vote on Hutchison's proposal was 37-62. No Democrats voted Yes. Eleven Republicans who voted to strip LGBT protections also voted to pass the final version, which included the LGBT language, including Hutchison.

Five Republicans voted against both versions, indicating they opposed VAWA reauthorization in any form. They were Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

LGBT activists celebrated the Senate's action.

HRC President Joe Solmonese commended the Senate for the bipartisan nature of the vote.

'Senators from both sides of the aisle came together today to ensure that all domestic violence victims, including those who are LGBT, will not face discrimination when they seek victim services,' Solmonese said.

'We applaud the Senate for recognizing the importance of this bill and taking bipartisan action, and we call on the House to do the same.'

NGLTF Executive Director Rea Carey emphasized the importance of the legislation for LGBT victims of domestic violence.

'Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people are not immune from this violence, and their distress should not be further heightened by a lack of proper response from service providers or law enforcement,' Carey said.

'Imagine being assaulted, scared, and in pain - and then being turned away from receiving basic services and care. No one should ever be subjected to such inhumane treatment.'

Carey said VAWA reauthorization would 'go a long way toward ensuring everyone has access to life-sustaining resources,' thanking the Senate for passing the bill and urging the House 'to swiftly follow suit.'

VAWA reauthorization now goes to the Republican-controlled House, where passage - at least in the expansive version approved by the Senate - is considered unlikely.

Vice President Joe Biden, who authored the 1994 version of the measure, also commended the Senate and urged the House to pass the measure.

'In 2012, we should be beyond questioning the need for the Violence Against Women Act,' Biden said in a statement.

'This law has been overwhelmingly successful since it was first enacted 17 years ago to improve the criminal justice response to this violent crime and to assist those who experience this abuse. Since then, the law has twice been reauthorized with the broad support of members of both parties. It should still be bigger than politics today.'

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