Hate Group’s Endorsements Have .69 Percent Voting Record On LGBT Equality

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"Hate Group’s Endorsements Have .69 Percent Voting Record On LGBT Equality"

The political action committee for the Family Research Council, a group designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-LGBT hate group, has released its endorsements for the 2012 elections.

Predictably, they endorsed a slate of candidates with a record of opposing LGBT equality. Of the 118 U.S. Representatives the group endorsed for re-election all are Republicans. The group also endorsed three Republican Congressmen for promotions — Montana Senate candidate Denny Rehberg, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, and Indiana gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence. Rehberg and Akin were both highlighted among ThinkProgress’s Anti-LGBT “Dirty Dozen” Senate candidates.

Of those 121, their average score in the new Human Rights Campaign (HRC) scorecard of the last three Congresses was 0.69 percent. That means that the group, on average, voted against equality more than 99 percent of the time.

113 of the 121 voted against equality 100 percent of the time. The highest score was 15 percent, earned by seven of the Representatives.

On its website, the Family Research Council notes that it “believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed.” Their endorsement list reads like a who’s-who of politicians who share that hateful view.

The HRC’s scorecard for the 112th Congress found that as more Republicans won in 2010, support for LGBT equality declined. While 115 Representatives (all Democrats) received a perfect 100 score, a significantly larger 215 earned a “0” score — 211 of those Republicans.

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