Despite many house Republicans having stood up in support of the victims of the Orlando Pulse mass shooting which killed 49 and injured another 53, the Republican leaders in the House of Representatives blocked the vote on the measure on Tuesday.
Despite calls of support for the LGBT community, the Republican House leaders at the House Rules Committee ensured that the amendment never reached the floor for a vote. The proposed amendment came from out gay Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, who attached it to a Defense Department spending bill which was to go for a vote this week.
“It’s hard to imagine any act that is so horrific could lead to anything positive. But if we were going to do anything, it would be a very positive step to say that discrimination has no place in our law and to reaffirm the president’s actions in this area,” Maloney said, reports the Hill. Hate has no place in our flags, in our workplace, or in our country,” Maloney added. “And it should have no place in federal law.”