The bill is up for reauthorization in 2012 and Obama’s administration has announced Obama may veto it. Currently the version in the House differs from that in the Senate in one very important way: the House version fails to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in VAWA funded programs. It looks as though Obama is putting his money, or his veto, where his mouth is with regards to his support of recognizing same-sex couples.
If this is a political ploy to gain votes from LGBT individuals, it’s working on me. If this is an attempt to force the Republicans to protect LGBT individuals in VAWA, well I hope that works too.
This was also published at The Good Men Project.