Senator Ted Cruz designated as one of the most anti-LGBT members of Congress
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today inducted Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) into the inaugural class of the most anti-equality members of Congress. Senator Cruz is being inducted into HRC’s Hall of Shame along with 18 other anti-equality Members of the 113th Congress.
“Although Congress is beginning to catch up with the American people in supporting LGBT equality, Senator Cruz’s record stands in stark contrast to the views of the majority of Americans,” said David Stacy, HRC’s Government Affairs Director. “Senator Cruz has gone out of his way to oppose steps toward equal protection under the law or to protect LGBT Americans from violence, discrimination and harassment. He proactively works to undermine existing legal protections and promote anti-LGBT discrimination.”
Senator Cruz likes to stand out in a crowd. As the author of the federal “State Marriage Defense Act” introduced in February, he collaborated with his Texas colleague Rep. Randy Weber to make sure his same-sex married constituents would have no federal protections. He is actively working to prevent marriage equality from becoming a reality for all Americans. Following the Supreme Court’s action on Monday to reject the appeals requests of five states with same-sex marriage bans ruled unconstitutional by lower courts, Senator Cruz announced he will introduce a constitutional amendment barring the federal government and the courts from overturning state marriage laws.
Released in advance of the HRC Scorecard for the 113th Congress, HRC identified these elected officials as the most anti-equality members of Congress by looking at their voting records in this and previous Congresses, their introduction and co-sponsorships of anti-LGBT legislation, and their public statements. While there are other anti-LGBT members of Congress, these elected officials’ legislative actions, votes and anti-LGBT vitriol unfortunately marks them with a modern day scarlet letter.
The inductees into the inaugural class of HRC’s Hall of Shame are:
House (14): Senate (5):
Michele Bachman (R-MN) Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Andy Harris (R-MD) James Inhofe (R-OK)
Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) Mike Lee (R-UT)
Jim Jordan (R-OH) Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Walter Jones (R-NC)
Mike Kelly (R- PA)
Steve King (R-IA)
Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)
Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
Steve Pearce (R-NM)
Tim Walberg (R-MI)
Randy Weber (R-TX)
Each of these officials is a sponsor or cosponsor of some or all of the most anti-LGBT legislation that, if passed, would enshrine discrimination into our nation’s body of laws and our Constitution. In the U.S. House of Representatives, this includes the Federal Marriage Amendment, the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act, and the State Marriage Defense Act. In the U.S. Senate, this includes the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, and the State Marriage Defense Act.
The release of the HRC Congressional Scorecard measuring support for equality in the 113th Congress is scheduled for Thursday, October 9th. The scorecard will be available online here.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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