Marie Newman Installs Trans Rights Flag Outside Marjorie Taylor Greene's Office

After trading barbs on the U.S. House floor over transgender rights, the fight between U.S. Representatives Marie Newman and Marjorie Taylor Greene has taken an even more visible turn.

Newman, an Illinois Democrat, has erected a blue, pink and white flag—which symbolizes support for equal rights for transgender people—outside her Capitol office door. It happens to be directly across from the controversial Georgia Republican's office.

"Thought we'd put up our Transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door," Newman tweeted Wednesday, alongside a video of her installing her new large flag.

Our neighbor, @RepMTG, tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is “disgusting, immoral, and evil.”

Thought we’d put up our Transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door 😉🏳️‍⚧️

— Congresswoman Marie Newman (@RepMarieNewman) February 24, 2021

Earlier on Thursday, Greene took to the House floor to slam the Equality Act, which would add people who are gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual to those who are protected under the Civil Rights Act.

"It has very serious consequences," Greene said. "It will put trans rights above women's rights."

Marie Newman
Then U.S. Rep.-elect Marie Newman (D-IL) arrives to the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill on November 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Sarah Silbiger/Getty

Greene decried that her daughter who plays softball would have to compete against and alongside transgender girls, who she repeatedly referred to as "biological men"—a pejorative to LGBT people and their allies.

"Biological women cannot compete against biological men," Greene said.

Newman's daughter is transgender. Tearing up on the House floor, Newman described her daughter as the "strongest, bravest person I know."

"My daughter has found her authentic self," Newman said.

She said the Equality Act helps protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing, the workplace and elsewhere.

Asked about the newly-installed flag, Greene's office referred Newsweek to a tweet she sent directed at Newman that reads "your biological son does NOT belong in my daughters' bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams."

Marjorie Taylor Greene
Then Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) arrives to the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill on November 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Sarah Silbiger/Getty

Both Greene and Newman were elected last fall and sworn into office last month. Their Capitol Complex offices are located directly across from each other in the Longworth House office building.

But their paths to politics and their political positions are starkly different.

Newman, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who unseated an eight-term incumbent by leaning into her liberal views, is the founder of the "Team Up To Stop Bullying" campaign and has been a spokesperson for Moms Demand Action Illinois, an anti-gun advocacy group. She has said the anti-bullying initiative was inspired by her daughter being bullied in school.

Greene, meanwhile, campaigned with ads featuring her toting guns and highlighting her anti-abortion, pro-Trump stance. She won a seat that's overwhelmingly conservative that had no incumbent. Her Democratic opponent dropped out of the race before Election Day.

House Democrats voted to strip Greene of her positions on the House Budget and Education committees, amid resurfaced reports of Greene sharing unfounded conspiracy theories and appearing to endorse online comments online threatening to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats. Democrats also pointed to a video Greene posted to YouTube in January 2020 that shows her badgering school shooting survivor David Hogg.