Ten of the 15 members of the New Jersey congressional delegation are taking part in a new “It Gets Better” video, including three Republicans — the first elected members of the GOP to take part in the anti-bullying campaign. Watch it:
Though Republican Reps. Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo, and Jon Runyan should be commended for sending a positive message to LGBT youth, they should also be held accountable for their anti-LGBT records. Both Lance and LoBiondo voted against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell last December. All three oppose the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, having supported the military-specific DOMA amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill. And none of them have expressed any support for the Student Non-Discrimination Act or Safe Schools Improvement Act, bills that would address the very bullying they denounce in this video.
If these Republicans truly believe in a better life for LGBT young people, perhaps they should stop supporting legislation that undermines their equality.