The U.S. House of Representatives erupted into chaos Thursday after Republican lawmakers narrowly defeated an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have provided protections to members of the LGBT community.
The amendment, introduced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a New York Democrat, appeared as though it would pass, 217-206, but in the remaining seconds GOP leaders persuaded party members to switch their votes.
The measure failed by one vote: 212-213.
The Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery reported:
Here's the before and after votes on striking anti-LGBT language from NDAA. They had it til some GOPers flipped. pic.twitter.com/yokSeFsyOO
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) May 19, 2016