Obama signs LGBT-inclusive VAWA into law

Obama gives thumbs up

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BY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

Flanked by lawmakers and women’s rights advocates, President Obama signed into law on Thursday afternoon LGBT-inclusive legislation aimed at combatting domestic violence and helping its victims. At 2:41 pm Eastern Time, Obama signed into law reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act during a ceremony in the auditorium of the Department of the Interior, concluding the signing by saying, “There you go, everybody!”

The law reauthorizes the 1994 anti-domestic violence measure written by Vice President Joseph Biden, which provides funding for the investigation and prosecution for violent crimes crimes against women and funds victims assistance services. Additionally, the reauthorization institutes new provisions to help more victims of domestic violence, such as the LGBT community and individuals in Native American tribes.

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