Why Lauren Boebert Wants Democrats to Call Her 'Congressman'

Rep. Lauren Boebert has said she wants Democratic colleagues in the House to refer to her as "Congressman" during a speech criticizing the Equality Act.

Boebert, a Republican who represents Colorado's 3rd congressional district, made the comments to supporters at the Turn of the Century Saloon in Montrose on Tuesday.

In footage posted on Facebook by the Montrose Daily Press, she took aim at the Equality Act, which has already been passed by the House.

"We all want equality, right?" Boebert said.

"Must be a fantastic bill. Well, the Constitution right there in the preamble says that we are all equal, we have a 14th Amendment that says all men—and it's OK to say men as a gender-neutral term—all men are created equal, are equal under the law."

Boebert, who was wearing a firearm strapped to her thigh as she spoke, was cheered for her comments about the 14th Amendment, which was passed in 1868.

"You know, I've decided I don't want Democrats to call me congresswoman," Boebert added. "I want them to acknowledge that 'man' is a gender-neutral term and they can call me 'Congressman Boebert.'"

Those in attendance clapped and cheered as Boebert made further criticisms of the act, which would expand federal civil rights law to protect against discrimination based on LGBT and gender identity.

"Democrats under this legislation are seeking to replace mom and dad with bureaucrats," Boebert said.

The lawmaker has previously said the legislation represents the "supremacy of gays and lesbians and transvestites and there is "nothing about equality in that act."

Her comments echo criticisms from her Republican colleagues, which have focused on transgender rights. A hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday discussed the act's possible impact on religious freedom and girls' sports.

"The Equality Act would ensure that LGBTQ Americans are protected from discrimination in public accommodations, education, federally funded programs, employment, housing ... and jury service," said Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the committee's chairman.

But Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, said the bill's language was "rather significantly broad and would almost inevitably put this law in a position of occupying a more significant place with respect to religious institutions."

The Senate is divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, so the Equality Act is not expected to pass in its present form. An amended version may be approved.

Boebert has become one of the most prominent first-term Republicans in the House after a series of controversial statements, including saying she would carry a gun into the Capitol.

Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert
Rep. Lauren Boebert at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 27 in Orlando. The Colorado lawmaker has criticized the Equality Act. Joe Raedle/Getty Images