Biggs votes against coronavirus because it provides sick leave for same-sex couples

Arizona Republican Representative Andy Biggs said Monday he voted against a coronavirus emergency economic package because it would allow sick leave for same-sex couples.
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By Jeffrey Martin | Newsweek

Arizona Republican Congressman Andy Biggs said during a Monday radio interview produced by the conservative Christian group, the Family Research Council (FRC), that he voted against the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on Saturday because it included provisions for domestic partnerships, including same-sex relationships.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the FRC has been labeled a hate group because of its fervid anti-LGBTQ stance.

Biggs was one of 40 Republicans who voted against the FFCRA, although the legislation was ultimately passed by the House of Representatives.

Language within the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, which is part of the overall economic package, defines both the terms “domestic partner’ and “committed relationship.”

“The term ‘domestic partner,’ with respect to an individual, means another individual with whom the individual is in a committed relationship,” read the legislation.


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