Taylor Swift called out the Trump administration during her acceptance speech at the Video Music Awards last night for not responding to her petition on Change.org asked the Senate to vote on the Equality Act:
Taylor Swift used a VMA acceptance speech to draw attention to the Equality Act petition for LGBTQ rights.
"It now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House," Swift said. https://t.co/nuhjcAyFKO
— CNN (@CNN) August 27, 2019
Would it surprise you, however, to learn that she’s wrong and that the White House already responded to this legislation even before she published her petition? The Washington Blade reported back in May that the White House is opposed to the legislation:
“The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights,” the senior administration official said via email.
From Sen. Chuck Schumer back then as well:
?️? Americans should be very proud today! ?️?
The House just passed the bipartisan #EqualityAct.
Because NO American should face discrimination simply because of who they are or who they love.
Now it’s time for @SenateMajLdr McConnell to hold a vote in the Senate.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 17, 2019
Anyway, here’s her speech:
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) August 27, 2019
What she really wants is for Mitch “Cocaine” McConnell to take up the legislation, which is a fight we’d LOVE to see:
Tonight @taylorswift13 won Video of the Year at the #MTVVMAs and thanked all 500,000 signers of her petition calling for the Equality Act. Huge thanks to @taylornation13 and the hundreds of thousands of fans signing https://t.co/17qGEpdjb7
— Change.org (@Change) August 27, 2019
From her petition:
While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created this petition to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act.