Today the Maloney Amendment protecting LGBT Americans failed by just one vote. Initially it looked like the amendment passed with 217 votes. However, the GOP leadership held the vote open after the clock ran out. They were able to pressure five representatives to change their votes which caused the measure to fail 212 to 213. If my math is right, 29 Republicans held firm in support of Sean Maloney’s (D-NY) amendment.

The vote totals are here.

None of the Republicans who changed their votes even had the courage to come to the well to do so. They were permitted to change their votes from their seats. Making matters worse, hate group Family Research Council just sent out an email taking some credit.


Yesterday the House passed a major defense bill that reversed President Obama’s executive order that extended nondiscrimination protections to the LGBT employees of federal contractors. The Maloney Amendment would have barred companies that discriminate against LGBT employees from receiving federal contracts.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.