Where Do Your Members of Congress Stand on Marriage Equality?
August 2, 2012 by Carolyn Simon, Deputy Director of Digital Media
HRC has just released a first-of-its-kind resource that shows the marriage equality positions of members of Congress.
The new resource is available on HRC’s website as a searchable database. It combines members’ marriage positions with their records on other critical LGBT issues.
The resource shows that 181 members of Congress, or 34 percent, support marriage equality.
“As a majority of Americans have come to support the ability of loving and committed gay and lesbian couples to marry, they rightfully want to know whether their elected officials share that fair-minded view,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Many Members of Congress are commendably with the public, but Congress is always a lagging indicator. It’s time for more of our leaders to get on the right side of history.”
Once you’re armed with information about your members’ stances on marriage, you can also use the tool to find out how to contact them to tell them how you feel about it. You can tweet, call or visit their local offices.
Other interesting info from the survey:
- 36 senators and 145 representatives support marriage equality
- 234 members have made statements opposing marriage equality (52 senators and 182 representatives)
- 122 have unclear or unknown positions
- 72 percent of Democrats are supportive, with 9 percent opposed and 19 percent unclear or unknown
- One Republican in Congress supports marriage equality: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida
Learn more about congressional positions on marriage equality.