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Mikulski Becomes Longest Serving Congresswoman in History

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, LGBT equalityThe following post comes from HRC Communications Intern Matt Arnstine:

Longtime equality supporter Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) became the longest serving female member of Congress this past weekend.  It’s fitting that she receives this honor during Women’s History Month.  Throughout her long and illustrious career, Senator Mikulski has stood by her LGBT constituents.  Earlier this year, Senator Mikulski signed on as a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.  Senator Mikulski has seen the environment on Capitol Hill improve dramatically for LGBT issues.  When she was first sworn into Congress back in 1977, the Human Rights Campaign had yet to come into existence.  On Capitol Hill, hate crime protections, open military service and relationship recognition for gay and lesbian couples were still far off in the distance.    

Senator Mikulski has consistently received high marks on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard.  During the last congressional session, Senator Mikulski scored a 92, voting to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and opposing efforts to repeal DC’s marriage equality law.  We wish Senator Mikulski the best as she continues to fight on behalf of all fair-minded Marylanders. 

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