Priority Candidate Spotlight: Cicilline, Heinrich, Hirono
October 29, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Just days remain to take action and help secure equality at the ballot box. This November, HRC is working to reelect fair-minded leadership with proven track records in supporting LGBT equality. In the lead up to Election Day, we’re highlighting a few of the priority candidates. Today we’ll look at David Cicillini for U.S. House and Martin Heinrichm and Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate.
David Cicilline US House, D- Rhode Island
Cicilline has been a trailblazer and a key advocate for full equality for LGBT Americans. Cicilline was a member of the Rhode Island House before he won election as the mayor of Providence, making him first openly gay mayor of a capital city. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, Cicilline has joined Reps. Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis in leading the Equality Caucus and co-sponsored anti-bullying legislation, the repeal of DOMA and the enactment of ENDA. A member of the Foreign Affairs committee, Cicilline passed an amendment urging the Secretary of State to discourage foreign governments from condoning murder or other forms of violence against anyone based on sexual orientation.
Martin Heinrich U.S. Senate, D-New Mexico
Rep. Martin Heinrich supports equality for all, including equal marriage, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the Student Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit discrimination and bullying in public schools based on sexual orientation or gender identity. He also supports the repeal of DOMA and worked to overturn discriminatory policies such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." Heinrich is running for an open U.S. Senate seat against former Rep. Heather Wilson, who has opposed LGBT equality on every major issue: she opposed ENDA, opposed the hate crimes law, and even supported a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution. Most recently, she mocked anti-bullying legislation. Wilson claims to be a “moderate,” but her many 0% ratings on HRC’s scorecard say otherwise.
Mazie Hirono U.S. Senate, D-Hawaii
Rep. Mazie Hirono has been a longtime supporter of full equality for the LGBT community, including equal marriage rights, and she’s earned a perfect 100% on HRC’s scorecard every year. Now Hirono is locked in a tight race for Senate against Linda Lingle, Hawaii’s former governor. Lingle opposes marriage rights, and veteod the state’s civil unions law in 2010, comparing same-sex marriage to incest.
To learn more about these and other HRC priority candidates, visit the Election Center.