White House Issues Veto Threat On A Domestic Violence Bill Lacking Protections Towards LGBT Citizens

It looks like the White House is taking it to the next level.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the White House threatened to veto the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) should the protection of LGBT victims remains absent in the bill.

It is said that the bill “fails to include language that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT victims in VAWA grant programs,” according to a White House Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) that lists other perceived major flaws, including the removal of certain protections for immigrants and individuals living in subsidized housing.

“No sexual assault or domestic violence victim should be beaten, hurt, or killed because they could not access needed support, assistance, and protection,” the statement released by the Office of Management and Budget read.

The Senate passed its version of the bill late last month with specific LGBT provisions. Should that language not be adopted in the final version of the bill, White House advisors would recommend that President Obama veto the bill, according to the Tuesday statement

The amendment regarding same-sex wedding ceremonies, authored by Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-Miss.), is similar to efforts last year to prohibit such events on military facilities. The antigay amendment was ultimately stripped from the final version of the bill last year.

This is the full White House statement on the NDAA antigay provisions:

Protection of Certain Religious and Moral Beliefs:

The Administration strongly objects to sections 536 and 537 because those provisions adopt unnecessary and ill-advised policies that would inhibit the ability of same-sex couples to marry or enter a recognized relationship under State law.  Section 536 would prohibit all personnel-related actions based on certain religious and moral beliefs, which, in its overbroad terms, is potentially harmful to good order and discipline.  Section 537 would obligate DOD to deny Service members, retirees, and their family members access to facilities for religious ceremonies on the basis of sexual orientation, a troublesome and potentially unconstitutional limitation on religious liberty.

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