Via Boston Edge I learn that the Human Rights Campaign has now published its Congressional Scorecard for the 110th Congress, which rates members of Congress on their support for issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
For each two year session of Congress since 1989, HRC has published a Congressional Scorecard that includes key Congressional votes and co-sponsorship of pro-LGBT legislation. It is one way to assist the LGBT community in assessing the relative support or non-support of Members of Congress.
HRC’s Legislative Director, Allison Herwitt, said:
“The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community began the process of unraveling the damage of the last decade during this two-year Congressional session.”
“The advancements made in this Congress on the Matthew Shepard Act, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, domestic partnership benefits for federal civilian employees and repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are critical building blocks upon which we will continue to educate Members of Congress on the importance of federal protections for LGBT Americans.”
Apparently, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community successes in 110th Congress included:
- For the first time in a Congressional session, the Senate and House both passed hate crimes legislation that provides protection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity;
- For the first time, the House introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that includes protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity, with 185 Members of Congress cosponsoring the bill;
- For the first time, the House held a vote on and passed a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), that prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation;
- The House held the first-ever hearing focused solely on workplace discrimination faced by transgender Americans;
- The House held the first hearings since 1993 examining the negative impact of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy;
- The Senate held the first-ever hearing on the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations (DPBO) Act which provides equal family benefits to LGBT federal civilian employees;
- And with pro-equality leadership in the House and Senate, the discriminatory Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) was not even scheduled for a vote.
In the 110th Congress, the average score for members of the US Senate increased from 41.7% to 55.4% and for the House of
Representatives from 40.5% to 47.9%. The number of Senators scoring 90% or better increased from 11 to 17. The number of Representatives with 90% or better increased from 96 to 128.