Last week, HRC shined a bright spotlight on six of the new members of the 114th Congress with some of the most shameful and extreme anti-equality rhetoric, record and positions on LGBT issues.

Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN) is on the top of that list. Emmer, a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, is headed to Washington, D.C., to replace former Representative Michele Bachmann.

Emmer has been vocal on a variety of issues revolving LGBT equality. Here are a few examples:

  • Emmer donated to the ministry of the radical anti-LGBT Bradlee Dean who believes Muslim countries that execute LGBT people are “more moral than even the American Christians.”
  • Emmer said he would not sign anti-bullying legislation to promote safe schools because “I don’t want the government doing that for us.”
  • Emmer was named the Minnesota chairman for the anti-equality Faith and Freedom Coalition and headed up efforts in the state on a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.
  • Emmer compared marriage equality to incest and bestiality.

Sworn in on January 6, Emmer is one of the worst new members of Congress who has gone out of his way to stop equality for LGBT people across the country.

Extremists like Emmer are more determined than ever to wipe out all the progress we’ve made for the LGBT community. Call out Emmer, and other anti-equality members of Congress, with HRC to tell them that we expect more from our elected officials.


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