With elections taking place next week, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), released its Congressional Scorecard measuring support for LGBTQ equality in the 115th Congress.
Members of Congress were scored based on a range of key indicators of support for LGBTQ equalityfrom votes in the Senate to confirm anti-LGBTQ Trump-Pence cabinet officials and judicial nominees to votes and co-sponsorships in both chambers on pieces of legislation that significantly impact LGBTQ people and their families.
Both U.S. senators from IllinoisTammy Duckworth and Dick Durbinreceived perfect scores of 100. Regarding U.S. representatives from Illinois, several peopleincluding Democrats Bobby Rush, Robin Kelly, Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Jan Schakowsky, Brad Schneider, Bill Foster and Cheri Bustosall scored 100. ( Democrat Danny Davis scored an 88 and fellow party member Daniel Lipinski rated a 58. ) On the other end of the spectrum, Republicans Peter Roskam, Mike Bost, Rodney Davis, Randy Hultren, John Shimkus and Darin LaHood received scores of zero, with Adam Kinzinger rating a three.
HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement, "The HRC Congressional Scorecard serves as an important tool to understand where Members of Congress stand on LGBTQ equality. As we face one of the most important elections of our lifetime, HRC's Congressional Scorecard makes clear that it is crucial for fair-minded voters turn out in force to elect a pro-equality majority to Congress."
The full report is at www.hrc.org/resources/congressional-scorecard .