So a few days ago there was a bill, HR 4974, that caught the eye of absolutely no one outside of the beltway. It’s a spending measure for the Department of Veterans Affairs and military construction projects, and was set to pass with ease. Yet there was one nugget of language that bothers Patrick Maloney, a congressman from New York. Wrote Christina Marcos and Mike Lillis of The Hill: “The language embedded in the defense bill states that religious corporations, associations and institutions that receive federal contracts can’t be discriminated against on the basis of religion.”
In other words, the bill would have potentially permitted discrimination against gays and lesbians in the name of “religious freedom.” So Patrick Maloney, a congressman from New York, added an amendment to the bill that would—according to The Hill—”prohibit funds to implement contracts with any company that doesn’t comply with President Obama’s executive orderbanning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers.”
This is when things got crazy.
The bill was about to pass with little drama. In fact, the bill did pass with little drama. It needed 213 YES nods to be approved, and it won, 217-206. Then, however, Kevin McCarthy, the majority leader and a Californian Republican, began the push for his fellow conservatives to change their votes.
From The Hill …
Among those who voted against the bill:
And, of course …
It failed to pass.