DC Marriage Equality Safe, For Now
June 23, 2011
Today, the House Appropriations Committee marked up the FY 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. Fortunately, no anti-LGBT amendments were offered during the committee consideration of the bill.
As you may recall, this is the bill that includes funding for the District of Columbia and is a frequent target for anti-LGBT riders. The bill restores a ban on federal funding of needle exchange in the District, but does not impose a ban on local funding for this critical HIV prevention effort.
HRC has worked with DC Delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, to prepare for anti-LGBT riders. In addition, we have worked with other groups that are frequent targets of riders limiting the self-governance of DC, including AIDS United, the Brady Campaign, NARAL Pro-Choice America and DC Vote.
It is notable that no committee member offered amendments to undermine marriage equality in the District or re-impose the local needle exchanged funding ban. However, these amendments may still be offered when the full House of Representatives considers the bill on the House floor sometime in July.
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