In a reversal from last week, 43 House Republicans joined Democrats in passing an LGBT measure, thereby putting their stamp of approval on a 2014 Obama executive order.
As reported by Western Journalism, last Thursday an amendment offered by Rep. Sean Maloney, D-N.Y., fell one vote short of passage 212-213, after the Republican leadership held the vote open for several minutes in order, reportedly, to convince a few members to change their vote.
In one of his multiple executive orders regarding LGBT rights, President Obama last spring barred federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers.
The Maloney amendment took out language placed by Republicans in the National Defense Authorization Act granting a religious liberty exception for federal contractors to Obama’s executive order. In other words, if employers have sincerely held religious beliefs regarding LGBT matters, they could not be excluded from obtaining federal contracts.
Democrats, upset at the changed votes by some Republican members last Thursday without following normal practice, began chanting, “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
In that vote, 29 Republicans joined Democrats in seeking to uphold Obama’s LBGT executive order, without the religious liberty exception. Wednesday night, 14 more joined the Democrats, meaning the Maloney amendment passed, 223-195, as part of the Energy & Water Appropriations Bill (see how you member voted here).
Less than 24 hours later, however, the bill to which the Maloney amendment was attached was soundly defeated, 112-305. Only six Democrats supported the Energy & Water Appropriations Bill.
— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) May 27, 2016