A bipartisan human trafficking bill Mitch McConnell has been holding hostage as leverage in the confirmation of Lorretta Lynch as Attorney General has finally passed the senate. The bill would have gone through months ago, but as a stall tactic and bargaining chip, Republicans snuck in an amendment with anti-abortion language.
A bipartisan anti-discrimination clause penned by Sen. Pat Leahy (D) and Sen. Susan Collins (R), however, was voted down, falling 4 votes short of the supermajority needed. Leahy said the language in his amendment “would prevent discrimination against youth based on their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.”
While the bill passed 99-0, voting on the amendments made it quite clear where Presidential candidate Marco Rubio stands on LGBT rights. Rubio, who is a staunch opponent of anything that recognizes the gay community as human beings, didn’t have the sensibility to vote with ten other Republicans and two Independents to help pass the amendment.
Even Rand Paul, who would at this point sell his own eyeballs for votes, voted for the amendment, despite his obviously anti-gay stance.
The amendment Rubio opposed along with forty-two other bigoted Republicans, was designed to protect LGBT teens, who make up an overwhelming percentage of the homeless and runaway teen demographic. Before the vote, Leahy had this to say about the amendment:
A recent study found that 1 in 4 homeless youth have been victims of sex trafficking, or traded sex for survival needs, such as food or a place to sleep. The study also found that 50 percent of homeless youth had been solicited for sex by an adult within 48 hours of leaving home. Let me say that again: half of these homeless kids were solicited for sex by an adult within the first two days of leaving home. These kids – some as young as 12, 13, 14 years old – have nowhere to go, but we can work to make sure they have a safe place to go. That is what our amendment does.
Marco Rubio doesn’t think these kids deserve protection from predators and discrimination because of the way they were born, but he does love to talk about how precious the unborn are. His campaign site states:
All life is worthy of protection, and all life enjoys God’s love. I have a record of supporting pro-life policies, and will continue to do so in public and private life.” He adds, “I believe that as a nation we must always come down on the side of life. We must speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.
All life except those of gay teenagers in need of our help, apparently. Very Presidential, Senator Rubio. As a father you should be ashamed of yourself.