Violence Against Women Act
Lawmakers passed a mere 55 substantive bills in its first year.
Terry McAuliffe and former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday criticized rival Ken Cuccinelli for not backing the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, returning to a message designed to damage the Republican’s sinking support among women.
Vice President Joe Biden says many women who are raped or physically abused don’t report it because they don’t want, in his words, “to get raped again by the system.”
The Senate took up the Violence Against Women Act Monday, seeking to remedy Congress’ failure last year to extend and expand a law protecting women from domestic abuse while broadening its coverage to include Native Americans, gays and lesbians.
A group representing families and victims of the mass killings at Virginia Tech in April 2007 is joining a rally in the nation’s capital in support of the Violence Against Women Act.
Though political pundits believe the president’s support of gay marriage will not have a significant role in November’s general election, there remains uncertainty as to how the president’s affirmation will play out socially among parts of the population that remain opposed to homosexuality and the violent acts against homosexuals that could result from it.