Democrats passed with flying colors, while Republicans lagged behind. 

The Human Rights Campaign released the results of its scorecard of the 116th United States Congress on Thursday. The ratings can be viewed on their website.

Released 26 days before the general election, the scorecard revealed a deeply partisan divide on issues impacting the LGBT community and society’s most marginalized. 

HRC scored senators on 15 issues ranging from judicial nominations to support for proposed legislation. Most Republican senators received 0 scores, including Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott. 

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the highest-scoring Republican with a score of 54.

In the House, representatives were scored on 15 acts. All of Florida’s 13 Democratic representatives received a perfect score of 100. Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) was the state’s highest-scoring Republican with a score of 40.

Not all Democrats received perfect scores. For example, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard received an 84 for failing to support the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2019, Every Child Deserves A Family Act and the International Human Rights Defense Act of 2019.

Most Republicans received 0 scores with a few exceptions such as New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew (97), Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (71), Texas Rep. Will Hurd (58) and New York Rep. John Katko (52).

“The interwoven nature of LGBTQ equality with the progress of all communities demands leadership committed to advancing justice for all,” said HRC President Alphonso David, in a press release. “From working to increase public safety with the passage of long-overdue gun background checks legislation, restoring the Voting Rights Act to ensure access at the ballot box, and guaranteeing Dreamers can stay in the only country they have ever known, pro-equality leaders in the House advanced crucial legislation for marginalized communities across the nation. And thanks to this pro-equality majority in the U.S. House, our elected champions were able to block legislation seeking to undermine our progress.”


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