by HRC Staff •
Strong Voting Record and Support for Respect for Marriage Act, Nondiscrimination Protections and Abortion Access Demonstrates His Leadership for All Coloradans
DENVER, Colorado— As Colorado voters receive their ballots, Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) is calling attention to the pro-equality, pro-choice record of incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, who is up for reelection. Sen. Bennet received a score of 94 out of 100 on HRC’s recently released Congressional Scorecard for the 117th Congress, which scored members of Congress based on a range of key indicators of support — including votes in the Senate to confirm historic, pro-LGBTQ+ Biden-Harris cabinet officials and judicial nominees, as well as co-sponsorships on pieces of legislation that significantly impact LGBTQ+ people and their families.
“Every family, every child, and every Coloradan deserves the same protections as everyone else – to live their lives with safety, dignity, privacy, and free from discrimination. Sen. Michael Bennet has shown time and again that he is a defender of our democracy and an ally for marginalized communities,” said Human Rights Campaign National Campaign Director Geoff Wetrosky. “At every turn, he demonstrates that he supports LGBTQ+ people, women and people of color — and our right to make decisions about our own bodies. His score of 94 out of 100 on our Congressional Scorecard is one more data point that demonstrates that he is a leader who will fight for all Coloradans.”
Sen. Bennet has a strong voting record. He is a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, which would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, public spaces and services, and more. He is also a co-sponsor of several HRC-supported bills, including the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2021, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act and the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.
The other members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation earned the following scores:
Sen. John Hickenlooper (D): 98
Rep. Diana DeGette (D): 100
Rep. Joe Neguse (D): 100
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R): 0
Rep. Ken Buck (R): 0
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R): 0
Rep. Jason Crow (D): 100
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D): 98
Polling released in September by HRC showed that about two-thirds (64%) of likely voters in 2022 battleground states – Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – support a law “protecting the national right to same-sex marriage.”
Similarly, in a poll released earlier this year by PRRI, 82% of Colorado respondents supported LGBT non-discrimination protections, 66% opposed religiously based service refusals, and 77% supported marriage equality.
When it comes to abortion, a New York Times analysis of various polls over the past decade showed that 57% of Colorado residents favor abortion access.
HRC’s Commitment to Colorado
Equality Voters, including the nearly 1.6 million in Colorado, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse, and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than candidates or political parties.
Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC staff on the ground recruited 5,800 individual volunteers nationwide who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in more than 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in robust digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent. HRC sent over 2.5 million mail pieces, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters, and engaged more than 200,000 voters through HRC’s voter dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
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