(Forbes) – In the aftermath of a charged debate over the Equality Act, lawmakers on both sides have excoriated Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for hanging an anti-trans sign outside her office and a tweet taunting Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.), over her transgender daughter.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) tweeted that Greene’s actions represent “the hate- and fame-driven politics of self-promotion at all evil costs. This garbage must end, in order to #RestoreOurGOP.”
Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) called Greene’s poster “sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel” and added that “this hate is exactly why” the Equality Act is necessary.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said he put up a transgender flag outside of his office in 2019 and advised Greene to “probably avoid the Rayburn building, too, if she doesn’t want to see another’ symbol of love and acceptance.”
In an interview with CNN Thursday morning, Newman said that Greene was “welcome to her sign,” but that “no one’s buying it, and that is not science.”
Newman said Thursday afternoon that Facebook labeled her post as “hate speech” and temporarily took the post down from the site, despite allowing Greene’s video to remain on its platform.
Newman, who was elected to the House last November, has been an ardent supporter of the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. On Tuesday, she delivered an emotional speech on the House floor. “The right time to pass this act was decades ago. The second-best time is right now,” Newman said. “I’m voting yes on the Equality Act for Evie Newman, my daughter and the strongest, bravest person I know.” Greene argued that the Equality Act would ensure “men who dress and think they are women will have rights over all real girls and women.” On Wednesday, Newman posted a video of her installing a trans pride flag outside her office, explaining she did so after Greene, who works in a neighboring office, called the Equality Act “an attack on God’s creation.” Greene responded by tweeting, “Your biological son does NOT belong in my daughters’ bathroom,” and then posted her own video, mocking Newman’s, and hung up a large poster that read: “There are TWO genders: Male & Female. Trust The Science!” In the video, Greene says, “Thought we’d put up ours so [Newman] can look at it every time she opens her door.”
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In addition to Greene, several other Republicans oppose the Equality Act, but it is expected to pass in the Democratic-controlled House.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) wrote that Greene’s “sign is incorrect because it’s not what the science says,” and posted a link to a Scientific American column that concludes, “The science is clear and conclusive: Sex is not binary, [and] transgender people are real.”
Following Newman’s speech on the House floor, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash). tweeted: “Thank you, @RepMarieNewman. From the mom of one trans kid to another, we will pass the #EqualityAct—for Evie, for Janak, for thousands more to be able to fully be who they are. So glad to welcome you to Congress.”