Letter: Republicans in the bedroom

Published: 7/30/2022 7:03:12 AM
Modified: 7/30/2022 7:00:02 AM

Shocking! That seems to be an appropriate word for the actions of the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives last week. With a few exceptions, these Republicans lined up to vote against two bills meant to codify the right of Americans to marriage equality and the use of contraception. In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s warning in the Dobbs case overturning Roe v. Wade that the Court should also take up these basic rights, Democrats quickly introduced bills to guarantee these rights. The votes came on consecutive days last week, first the marriage equality bill and the following day the contraception bill.

The House vote on the marriage equality bill was 267, including every Democrat, to 157 including, all but 47 Republicans. On the next day, every Democrat voted in favor of making the use of contraception a right; only eight Republicans voted for the bill. (To their credit, the eight included Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.) What are these big majorities of Republicans thinking? They are apparently so partisan that they would cast aside what the vast majority of Americans believe are basic rights. Talk about hypocrisy. These self-styled opponents of big government would intrude on activities in the bedroom. Shocking hypocrites.

Richard Osborne



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