Republican Senators Marco Rubio of
Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas scored zero on the Human Rights
Campaign's (HRC) latest Congressional Scorecard.
The group's score is a measure of a
politician's support for LGBT rights.
Rubio, who cited the mass shooting at a
gray nightclub in Orlando as a reason to seek re-election, and Cruz –
both of whom sought the GOP nomination for president – earned the
lowest rating possible on HRC's Congressional Scorecard for the 114th
Rubio's score has fallen dramatically
over the past two years; he scored 22 last year and 47 the year
Cruz also had a higher score of 20 last
Of the 190 members of Congress to earn
a perfect score of 100 only 2 were Republicans: Florida
Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Illinois Senator Mark Kirk.
Illinois Representative Daniel Lipinski
earned a score of 56, making him the lowest scoring Democrat in the
House and Senate. The average score for Democratic representatives
HRC also released a “congressional
hall of shame” consisting of representatives and senators who have
particularly anti-LGBT records.
“These senators and representatives
not only voted for anti-LGBTQ legislation, they've introduced harmful
bills and amendments, made extreme anti-LGBTQ statements and received
a low score on HRC's Congressional Scorecard,” the group said.
Republican representatives in the “hall
of shame” include Louie Gohmert of Texas, Steve King of Iowa, Steve
Russell of Oklahoma, Robert Pittenger of North Carolina, Bradley
Byrne of Alabama, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Raul Labrador of Idaho
and Mike Lee of Utah. Cruz and Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, a
Republican, are also included on the list.