Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) told MSNBC on Monday that she opposes the current re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because it includes protection for "different groups" (video below).
Rep. Blackburn said: "I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups. What you need is something that is focused specifically to help the shelters and to help out law enforcement, who is trying to work with the crimes that have been committed against women and helping them to stand up."
According to ThinkProgress.org, the re-authorized VAWA makes shelters that serve LGBT and Native American victims of domestic violence eligible for grant money. The VAWA would also ensure that these victims not be turned away from shelters and other services because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.