Republican lawmaker criticized by gay nephew for anti-LGBTQ speech: ‘It’s not right’

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Missouri Republican, came under fire from her gay nephew Andrew Hartzler for her anti-LGBTQ speech Thursday before the House of Representatives voted on the Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA).

He posted a video on TikTok and shared it Friday on Twittercommenting on your comments on the bill.

At one point during his speech, Hartzler began to cry as he called out to his peers. republicans stand against the bill providing legal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages nationwide.

“Today a United States congresswoman, my aunt Vicky, started crying because gay people like me can get married,” Andrew Hartzler said in the TikTok video, which then cuts to a clip showing the Republican representative crying as she says : “I hope and pray that my colleagues find the courage to join me in opposing this misguided and dangerous bill.”

Criticism of Vicky Hartzler's nephew for LGBTQ stance
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Republican of Missouri, speaks at a news conference announcing a new Conscience and Religious Liberty division at the Department of Health and Human Services on January 18, 2018, in Washington, DC Hartzler was called out for his gay nephew Andrew Hartzler for his anti-LGBTQ speech Thursday before the House of Representatives voted on the Respect Marriage Act.
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“So despite telling my aunt last February, I guess she’s still so homophobic,” Andrew said in response to comments from Hartzler, who is married to his father’s brother, according to Lawyer.

the house of the united states approved the RFMA on Thursday by a vote of 258-169-1 after democrats lobbied for passage of the bill before losing control of the House. In July, the House voted for the first time to pass Bill 267-157, with all Democrats and 47 Republicans voting for RFMA. But only 39 Republicans voted in favor of the bill on Thursday.

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The passage of the bill comes amid concerns that the 2015 milestone Supreme Court case Obergefell vs. Hodgesthat legalized same-sex marriage, could be reversed after the Supreme Court decided in June to strike down Roe vs. Wadethe 1973 decision that gave women the federal right to abortion.

Hartzler went on to say during his speech that “Obergefell He’s not in danger, but people and faith institutions are.” His nephew, however, disputed that statement, saying, “Aunt Vicky, that’s not right.”

“Institutions of faith, like religious universities, are not being silenced. The United States government is authorizing them to discriminate against tens of thousands of LGBTQ students because of religious exemptions, but they still receive federal funds,” she argued.

Andrew is among dozens of plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit to end religious exemptions to the Title IX rule, the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in any educational institution. receive federal funds.

The lawsuit, spearheaded by the Religious Exemption Accountability Project, seeks to end the religious exemption in federal civil rights law that allows educational institutions to discriminate against students based on their sexual orientation despite receiving federal funding, according to an article published by Politico. In May.

The lawsuit alleges that the waiver paves the way for discrimination against approximately 100,000 LGBTQ+ students in the United States.

Rep. Hartzler said Thursday that the RFMA bill forces people to “submit to our ideology or be silenced.”

“It’s more like you want the power to force your religious beliefs on everyone else, and because you don’t have that power, you feel like you’re being silenced, but you’re not,” said Andrew Hartzler, commenting on his aunt comments. “You’ll have to learn to coexist with all of us. And I’m sure it’s not that hard.”

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news week He has contacted Andrew Hartzler and the office of Representative Vicky Hartzler for comment.