Not really news, I know, but here’s some crystal clear evidence, for anyone who still needs some at this late date.
So last week House Republicans held a vote on a pro-LGBT amendment open so leadership could twist arms and get six GOP members to switch their vote. The amendment failed 212-213.
Mind you, the amendment was to prohibit federal contractors from discrimination against LGBT employees. Hardly controversial.
Yesterday, the same amendment was attached to a different bill and it passed by a vote of 223-195.
Within the past few minutes, Politico is reporting that the bill – an uncontroversial energy and water appropriations bill – was blocked by House conservatives who want to make a principled stand in favor of discrimination against LGBT individuals.
House conservatives on Thursday blocked passage of a relatively uncontroversial energy and water spending measure after Democrats attached an amendment that would bar federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The appropriations bill failed with many Republicans opposed because of the gay rights provision, which would have the effect of enacting into law a 2014 executive order by President Barack Obama.
GOP bigotry: the gift that keeps on giving.