The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) put out its 2016 congressional scorecard in time for the election. Almost all the Democrats scored 100 and almost all the Republicans got 0. The short version:
• 190 Members of Congress earned perfect scores (188 Democrats, 2 Republicans).
• The average score for Representatives was 53.
• Average score for Democratic Representatives is 96.
• Average score for Republican Representatives is 10.
• The average score for Senators was 54.
• Average score for Democratic Senators is 98.
• Average score for Republican Senators is 20.
• The Northeast and West continue to elect Members of Congress with strong support of LGBTQ issues; the average score for Representatives and Senators from the Northeast was 73 and 93 respectively; in the West it was 64 and 57 respectively.
Looking at the outliers is obviously more interesting than just observing, randomly, that every member of Congress from Kansas and every members of Congress from Arkansas is a Republican and that all 4 from each state scored zero. It's more interesting to note that any score under 80 would have to be considered anti-gay and that this year only 2 Democrats could be described as homophobic by that standard:
Dan Lipinski (Blue Dog-IL)- 57
Henry Cuellar (Blue Dog-TX)- 64
In terms of the Blue America candidates, who are uniformly supportive of the equality agenda, their opponents have a mixed record on the LGBT community.
• Tom Wakely's opponent in TX-21, Lamar Smith, has a zero
• Ruben Kihuen's opponent in NV-04. Cresent Hardy, has a zero
• DuWayne Gregory's opponent in NY-02, Peter King, scored 4
• Carol Shea-Porter's opponent in NH-01, Frank Guinta, scored 16
• Mary Hoeft's opponent in WI-07, Sean Duffy, scored 31
• Doug Applegate's opponent in CA-49, Darrell Issa, scored 32
• Mary Ellen Balchunis' opponent in PA-07, Pat Meehan, scored 48
• Paul Clements' opponent in MI-06, Fred Upton, scored 48
• Alina Valdes' opponent in FL-25, Mario Diaz-Balart, scored 64
Please consider defeating homophobic members of Congress by replacing them with pro-equality progressives. Just tap on the thermometer:
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.” — Sinclair Lewis