Last month, the U.S. Senate successfully passed the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, the first bill to recognize lynching as “a bias-motivated act of terror.” In recent days, Liberty Counsel, an evangelical organization against LGBTQ rights, has been lobbying Congress to remove any language on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” from the bill, according to NBC News.
Liberty Counsel is headed by Mat Staver and is known for its anti-LGBTQ work. The organization defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and has been identified as an “anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
“For over a century, members of Congress have attempted to pass some version of a bill that would recognize lynching for what it is: a bias-motivated act of terror. And for more than a century, and more than 200 attempts, this body has failed. We have righted that wrong and taken corrective action that recognizes this stain on our country’s history.”
-Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), one of the three black Senate members to introduce the anti-lynching bill