Rep. Mike Quigley addresses LGBT rights during a press conference held…
On Wednesday, Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley submitted an amendment to the recently introduced Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act that would expand protection to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community.
The 2012 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act was introduced to congress last month as a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and establish a new grant system to address underserved populations, defined as "those who face barriers to accessing needed services."
Rep. Quigley's amendment would expand those services to protect the LGBT Community as well.
"Domestic violence can affect everyone, and everyone deserves to be protected," Rep. Quigley said in a press release "Field experts agree that current protections aren't enough, and that we need to protect our LGBT community from violence. "
When the Violence Against Women Act initially passed in 1994, it was a landmark act in protecting women from domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The act has been updated several times to include protections for immigrants, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Native Americans who have been victims of domestic violence.