Republicans worry that this week’s controversial antics from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who harassed Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) over her transgender daughter, have stomped on their attempts to sensitively communicate why they are opposed to the LGBTQ rights bill. Most Republicans say they oppose the measure due to its perceived infringement on religious freedom, not out of discriminatory sentiment toward LGBTQ people — a fine line that Greene has effectively erased.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), who is hosting a transgender person on his podcast next week to discuss military issues, said it’s “pretty damn important” for the GOP to clearly articulate why they oppose this particular bill. “There’s definitely a wrong way to message everything,” he added. For Democrats, Greene’s comments about Newman’s daughter only underscore the importance of passing the LGBTQ rights bill, which is unlikely to pass the Senate in its current form.
Read the full article. While Greene got the headlines today, she said nothing that hasn’t been said many times by other prominent Republicans.
The Equality Act’s House passage is historic for the LGBTQ community. Meanwhile, sideline antics by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) around the issue are muddying the GOP’s attempts to communicate its opposition delicately.@Olivia_Beavers @MZanona https://t.co/5ILeboklWN
— Elana Schor (@eschor) February 25, 2021