Democratic Representative Becca Balint has taken a significant step to push for a vote on her resolution to censure far-right politician Marjorie Taylor Greene. Balint’s move is a response to Greene’s own attempt to force a vote to censure Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib. Balint accuses Greene of “trying to take away my rights as a gay American,” citing Greene’s opposition to same-sex marriage.
The resolution, originally introduced in July, highlights approximately 40 points of grievance against Greene, including her promotion of racism, antisemitism, LGBTQ hate speech, Islamophobia, and other forms of hatred. It also addresses her conspiracy theories related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The resolution references Greene’s tweets targeting LGBTQ+ California State Senator and her history of perpetuating LGBTQ hate speech.
Balint voiced her concerns about Speaker Mike Johnson and Greene’s actions, asserting that “it won’t stand” to let Greene bring forward a resolution filled with lies and falsehoods about her colleague. She criticized Greene for inciting hatred and discord among Americans.
The House now has two legislative days to consider the censure measure on the House floor, with the vote scheduled for Wednesday. Greene had previously dismissed Balint’s resolution in July, claiming it was based on falsehoods. This development underscores the ongoing tension surrounding issues related to LGBTQ rights and hate speech within the U.S. House of Representatives.