House Republican Leaders Want to Turn the Clock Back with &quotPledge to America&quot

by HRC Staff

HRC's Solmonese: "The lengthy record of anti-LGBT efforts during a decade of Republican control of Congress speaks volumes."

WASHINGTON - Today, House Republican leaders released their "Pledge to America," outlining how they would govern should they win back control of the House in November. While the document focuses heavily on economic issues, its "pledge" also includes hostility to LGBT equality, promising support for "traditional marriage" and, in a thinly-veiled attack on LGBT advances through legislation and the courts, criticizing actions that "thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values."

"The lengthy record of anti-LGBT efforts during a decade of Republican control of Congress speaks volumes," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "LGBT people should see this 'Pledge' for what it really is - a promise to try and turn back the clock on the LGBT equality on Capitol Hill."

While the document itself doesn't tell as much more about how these Republicans would treat our community, when anti-equality forces controlled Congress for a decade (1994-2005), they stymied any progress on LGBT issues, instead making attacks on our community part of their governing agenda. Among these were:

A Congress controlled by anti-equality Republican leaders could very well return to this playbook, and even go further by:

Under a Republican Congress, key positions that control the fate of pro-LGBT legislation would be held by notorious anti-equality legislators. In such a world, for example:

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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