- After a debate over the Equality Act, Rep. Marie Newman put a transgender flag outside of her office.
- In response, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene placed a transphobic sign outside of her office.
- Facebook removed Newman’s video supporting the trans community but left up Greene’s.
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After freshman GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene blasted the Equality Act and transgender community in a House speech and online, her across-the-hall neighbor Rep. Marie Newman placed a transgender flag in front of her office in support of her transgender daughter and other transgender people. Newman later posted a video of the action on Facebook.
In response, Greene retaliated with a Facebook video of her own, this one mocking the transgender community with a large sign saying “There are TWO genders: MALE & FEMALE. ‘Trust the Science!'”
Less than 24 hours later, Facebook only deleted one post: Newman’s video in support of the transgender community. Three hours after the video’s removal, Facebook restored Newman’s post.
—Congresswoman Marie Newman (@RepMarieNewman) February 25, 2021
“Facebook said it was ‘removed in error’ and that they are still reviewing the case,” Newman said in a follow-up tweet.
Facebook did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The spat between the two congresswomen arose from the Democratic Party’s push to pass the Equality Act, a bill that would “prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system.”
Rep. Newman spoke in support of the Equality Act on the House floor on Wednesday and later said in a tweet that her vote would be in honor of her daughter.
“Americans like my own daughter, who years ago bravely came out to her parents as transgender,” Newman said on the House floor. “I knew from that day on, my daughter would be living in a nation where [in] most of its states, she could be discriminated against, merely because of who she is.”
Since bringing the bill to the floor, Republican members of the House rallied against the it and singled out the protections it gives to transgender people. Rep. Greene quickly became the face of the GOP’s fight against the bill and tried to adjourn House business on Wednesday and Thursday to avoid further arguments and voting on the bill itself.
“The Democrats’ so-called ‘Equality’ Act is an attack on God’s creation,” Greene said on Twitter, citing her House speech.
While Greene’s distaste of the Equality Act is shared by many members of her party, some of her Republican colleagues rose against Greene’s actions in the ongoing dispute between her and Newman. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an outspoken anti-Trump Republican representative, said in a tweet that Greene’s actions “represent the hate and fame driven politics of self promotion at all evil costs.”
—Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) February 25, 2021
But while Kinzinger spoke against Greene and her repudiation of Newman and her daughter, he voted in favor of adjourning House business on Thursday to avoid voting on the Equality Act.
Despite the Republican Party’s attempts to quash the bill, the House vote on the Equality Act is expected to happen on Thursday. If passed, the bill will move to the Senate for additional arguments and, eventually, a vote.