Three Republicans included in an It Gets Better video to support troubled gay teens have been criticized for their anti-gay records.

GOP Reps. Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo and Jon Runyan are among the 10 members of the New Jersey congressional delegation included in a video aimed at encouraging gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens considering suicide to hang in there, because life gets better. Their inclusion marks the first time a Republican elected official has participated in the project.

“The things that make us different are the things that make our country strong,” Runyan says in the 90-second spot.

“We can't completely eliminate bullying but there are actions we can take to make things better now,” LoBiondo adds. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

New Jersey recently enacted one of the toughest anti-bullying laws in the nation.

Writing at the progressive blog, Zack Ford noted that the three Republicans have previously supported anti-gay measures.

The lawmakers “should be commended for sending a positive message to LGBT youth, they should also be held accountable for their anti-LGBT records. Both Lance and LoBiondo voted against the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' last December. All three oppose the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, having supported the military-specific DOMA amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill. And none of them have expressed any support for the Student Non-Discrimination Act or Safe Schools Improvement Act, bills that would address the very bullying they denounce in this video.”

“If these Republicans truly believe in a better life for LGBT young people, perhaps they should stop supporting legislation that undermines their equality,” Ford added.

(Related: Jamie Hubley dedicated It Gets Better video panned.)