HRC Endorses GOP Sen. Mark Kirk Over Dem Challenger Tammy Duckworth With Higher LGBT Rating
Last week the Human Rights Campaign endorsed Republican Senator Mark Kirk for re-election touting that Kirk was the first Republican Senator to co-sponsor the Equality Act, co-sponsored a bill to help schools combat anti-LGBT bullying and supporting marriage equality,
The problem is that Kirk’s Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth is not only more progressive on issues like Americans earning a living wage, abortion and gun control. But Duckworth also has a 100 percent rating by HRC while Mark Kirk only has a 75% HRC rating and his re-election would help the GOP to continue to control the Senate.
Duckworth has taken several actions to push for equality for the LGBT community including:
· Joining 166 members of the House and 44 Senators to write an amicus brief to the Supreme Court arguing that Americans deserve the freedom to marry.
· Cosponsoring the Respect to Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense for Marriage Act (DOMA), restore the rights of same-sex couples and allow them to receive all the benefits of marriage under federal law.
· Cosponsoring the Restore Honor to Service Members Act, which ensures members of the armed forces who served honorably, but were discharged and given a punitive discharge classification solely because of their sexual orientation have their records corrected to reflect their honorable service.
· Cosponsoring the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit public schools from discriminating against any student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
But STILL Chad Griffin and the Human Rights Campaign endorses he Republican opponent who has a lesser rating.
Just one more example of “HRC doesn’t stand for me”.