Two members of Congress have taken the debate on the Equality Act out of the chamber of the House and into the hall outside their offices. After Rep. Marie Newman put up a transgender pride flag outside her office, which is across from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s, Greene put up an anti-trans sign outside hers, sparking a backlash.
Newman, an Illinois Democrat who has a transgender daughter, criticized Republican Georgia Greene Wednesday for opposing the Equality Act, a broad anti-discrimination bill that would extend civil rights protection to LGBTQ people by banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Greene filed a motion to adjourn the House on Wednesday in an effort to delay passage of the bill. However, the motion was denied. She also spoke against the bill on the floor of the House, saying it should be overturned and that he was concerned that transgender girls and women might compete in girls’ and women’s sporting events.
Newman later shared a video on Twitter in which she is seen placing a transgender pride flag outside her office. “Our neighbor, @RepMTG, tried to block the Equality Act because she believes that prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is ‘disgusting, immoral and evil.’ I thought we would put up our transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door, “Newman wrote in the tweet.
Hours later, Greene posted a video of his own. On it, hangs a sign that says: “There are TWO genders: MALE AND FEMALE. ‘Trust the science!'”
“Our neighbor, @RepMarieNewman, wants to pass the so-called “Equality” Law to destroy women’s rights and religious freedoms. I thought we’d put ours up so she can see it every time she opens the door, “Greene tweeted.
The move was met with an online backlash from some lawmakers, including Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who responded to Greene’s video by writing: “This is sad and I’m sorry this happened. Rep. Newman’s daughter is transgender and this video and tweet represents the policy of self-promotion driven by hatred and fame at all costs. This garbage must end in order to #RestoreOurGOP. “
Representative Sean Casten (D-IL) tweeted: “Disgusting, pathetic, unimaginably cruel. This hatred is exactly the reason why #EqualityAct is necessary and what we must protect @RepMarieNewmanour daughter and all of our LGBTQ + loved ones against. “
Others, including Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Rep. Raj Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) also criticized Greene, for calling Newman’s daughter his “biological son” in a tweet.
“There is nothing lower than chasing someone’s children”, Waxton tweeted.
CBS News has reached out to Greene and Newman for comment.
Greene is a controversial figure in politics who was recently stripped of her committee positions for her earlier adoption of conspiracy theories and her activity on social media before being elected to Congress. She has been one of the most expressive opponents of the Equality Law, which the Chamber
The bill expands existing federal anti-discrimination laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act, to confirm that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal discrimination based on the sex.
While speaking in support of the Equality Act in the House this week, Newman mentioned his daughter, who “years ago bravely came out as transgender to her parents.” Newman said she knows that without this act, her daughter can be discriminated against in many states.
“Without the Equality Act, millions of Americans like my daughter can be denied housing, education and more simply because they identify as transgender,” Newman. wrote on Twitter, sharing a clip of his speech on the floor of the Chamber. “I am voting to pass the Equality Act for my daughter, the strongest and bravest person I know.”