A Member of the Anti-Equality Fringe: Jim Jordan Would Hand Reins of Power to Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert

by Delphine Luneau

With History of Extremist Positions of His Own, Jordan’s Tenuous Hold on Power Would Rely on Both Anti-LGBTQ+ MAGA Politicians and Supposed Moderates

WASHINGTON — As he whips votes in his bid for the speakership, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — blasted the extensive anti-LGBTQ+ track record of Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the current leading candidate to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“In order to gather a razor-thin majority that would put him in power, Jordan has once again aligned himself with the most fringe members of his party, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert,” said HRC President Kelley Robinson. “Jim Jordan is an election denying insurrectionist and an anti-LGBTQ+ extremist. While a strong majority of the country supports an equality agenda, if Jordan, as Speaker, continues to chart an aggressive, anti-equality course for the House, the GOP conference will face a choice: stand up for the bipartisan majority of their constituents, or face their backlash.”

Background: Jim Jordan is a Consistent Opponent of LGBTQ+ Equality

  • Jim Jordan has received consistent “zero” scores from HRC on its Congressional Scorecard, which rates lawmakers on their votes for key pieces of legislation seen as a priority for the LGBTQ+ community, for the duration of his time in Congress.

  • Among the key pieces of legislation that Jordan has spoken against and voted against are the Equality Act, which would guarantee nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people, and the Respect for Marriage Act, which protects marriage equality for LGBTQ+ people.

  • Jordan has extensive ties to anti-LGBTQ+ groups such as the Family Research Council and Alliance Defending Freedom, some of the most virulent anti-equality organizations operating in the country.

  • Jordan was a strident voice in opposition to providing gender-affirming care for transgender members of the military, signaling that he would be willing to block appropriations legislation to get his way.

  • Earlier this year, he voted in favor of legislation that would bar transgender, nonbinary and intersex youths across the country from participating in school sports on teams consistent with their gender identity.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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