The West Virginia senator, perhaps the most conservative Democrat in Congress, said that he believes the bill should allow more local control after talking to officials in his state. The bill extends federal protections to people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
“I am not convinced that the Equality Act as written provides sufficient guidance to the local officials who will be responsible for implementing it, particularly with respect to students transitioning between genders in public schools.”
The West Virginia Democratic Party was unenthused by Manchin’s remarks. In a statement, the party said “we simply cannot allow West Virginia to deny equality and protections for our LGBT community.”
Manchin in the past voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and he backed the Defense of Marriage Act. Overall, he’s rated the most conservative
Republican Democrat elected to the 116th senate.
And yes Joe, the Equality Act WILL override local laws. Just like the Civil Rights Act told every “local” Mississippi town that anyone can ride anywhere on the bus and local Jim Crow laws were abolished..
There’s is one other House Democrat who doesn’t support The Equality Act and that is Dan Lipinski of Illinois. Lipinski’s former primary challenger, Marie Newman, said. “Once again, he’s bucking the Democratic Party to stand against equality, something he’s done consistently throughout his 14 years in Congress.”