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Celebvocate: Michael Bolton against domestic violence


Michael Bolton on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

An occasional look at the big names who grace our nation’s capital for a cause. Tuesday’s crusader: Michael Bolton

Venue: The lawn outside the U.S. Capitol.

Cause: The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which bolsters prosecution of domestic abuse and provides funding for shelters and advocacy groups. .

Bona fides: More than 50 million super-smooth records sold, longtime domestic violence activist.

Backup: Senators Daniel Akaka and Patrick Leahy, and Rep. Gwen Moore.

What he wants: For Congress to reauthorize the bill, currently held up by new provisions expanding measures involving immigrant and same-sex couples.

How he looked: Black pinstripe suit, but those shoulder-length locks from the “Said I Loved You But I Lied” video are long gone — keeps it shaggy but short these days.

How he sounded: Stern and serious. “I’m here to talk about men, the 31 men in the Senate who oppose VAWA,” said Bolton during a four-minute speech. “Why are they not willing to help immigrant, native women, and GLBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault?”

Soundbite: “On that note, I would just like to say, [singing] when a maaaaaan loves a woman, they do the right thing.”

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