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Dozens of Republicans Take a Stand for Equality During Heated Debate on House Floor

by Hayley Miller May 20, 2016


Yesterday, dozens of Republicans voted in favor of an amendment to protect LGBT workers from discrimination.  However, the House leadership held a vote open on the floor longer than permitted to persuade seven Republicans to switch their votes, just enough to kill the amendment.

In July 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order 13672, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Yesterday’s amendment, offered by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), says that no funds from the bill can be used to contract with companies that aren’t in compliance with this executive order.

The 29 Republicans who voted in favor include:

  • Justin Amash (R-MI)
  • Mike Coffman (R-CO)
  • Ryan Costello (R-PA)
  • Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) 
  • Charlie Dent (R-PA)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
  • Bob Dold (R-IL)
  • Dan Donovan (R-NY)
  • Tom Emmer (R-MN)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
  • Chris Gibson (R-NY)
  • Richard Hanna (R-NY)
  • Joe Heck (R-NV)
  • Will Hurd (R-TX)
  • David Jolly (R-FL)
  • John Katko (R-NY)
  • Leonard Lance (R-NJ) 
  • Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
  • Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)
  • Martha McSally (R-AZ)
  • Patrick Meehan (R-PA)
  • Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
  • Tom Reed (R-NY)
  • Dave Reichert (R-WA)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
  • Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
  • Fred Upton (R-MI)
  • Lee Zeldin (R-NY)




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