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GOP Congresswoman sobs as she pleads for colleagues to vote against LGBTQ+ rights

Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Rep. Vicky HartzlerPhoto: Screenshot

Marriage can be an emotional affair, but Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) is taking it to another level.

This morning, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA) in a 258-169 vote, sending the bill to President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign it.

But not before some floor speeches on the bill.

“I’ll tell you my priority,” Hartzler said. “Protect religious liberty, protect people of faith, and protect Americans who believe in the true meaning of marriage!”

Nothing in the bill forces anyone to get married to someone of the same sex or forces a church to conduct a marriage for a same-sex couple. The entire reason the House voted on it this morning after having already passed it in July was that the Senate amended it to add religious freedom language specifying that this bill doesn’t require any religious organization to provide “any services, facilities, or goods for the solemnization or celebration of a marriage.”

But that didn’t stop Hartzler from blubbering.

“I hope and pray that my colleagues,” she said, pausing as she choked up, “will find the courage to join me in opposing this misguided and this dangerous bill.”

She did not appear to inspire much sympathy online.

Hartzler has been in Congress since she won her first election in 2010. She chose not to run again this year, instead entering the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri. She lost that primary to Eric Schmitt.

Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District will be represented by Republican Mark Alford next year.

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