Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) offered an amendment to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1925), striking key provisions prohibiting discrimination against, and expanding services to, victims of domestic violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as eliminating protections relating to Native American and immigrant victims.
The amendment was defeated on April 26, 2012, by a vote of 37-62 (Record Vote No. 86, 2nd Session, 112th Congress). Democrats — 0 yes, 51 no; Republicans — 37 yes, 9 no, 1 not voting; Independents — 0 yes, 2 no.
HRC opposed the amendment. HRC supported the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which passed by a vote of 68-31.