Eddie Bernice Johnson, Sheila Jackson Lee again lead the way in Texas on gay rights

Posted on 23 Oct 2008 at 3:49pm

Just in time for the Nov. 4 elections, the Human Rights Campaign has released its Congressional Scorecard for the 110th Congress. The scorecard rates members of Congress on a scale of 0 to 100 based on their support for pro-LGBT legislation.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama scored a 94 out of 100, while Republican presidential nominee John McCain scored a 0. Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden scored a 95, as did Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Obama, Biden and Clinton all lost points for failing to co-sponsor the Uniting American Families Act, which would grant U.S. citizenship to same-sex partners from overseas. Obama, Biden and Clinton all support UAFA but haevn’t signed on as co-sponsors.

In Texas, Democratic Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Eddie Bernice Johnson again led the way, with both scoring 100 for the third consecutive time. Lee and Johnson were the only two members of Congress from Texas to earn perfect scores.

Democratic Reps. Charlie Gonzalez and Lloyd Doggett tied for the next highest score from Texas, at 85.

Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison both scored a 0 for the third consecutive time, as did all Republican members of the House from Texas with the exception of Ron Paul and Pete Sessions.

Paul scored a 44, while Sessions scored a 6. Sessions, who scored 0s on the two previous Congressional Scorecards, earned points this time for supporting the Early Treatment for HIV Act.

Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards, once rumored to be a possible VP pick for Obama, improved his score from a 25 to a 60, but Edwards remained the second-lowest-scoring member of his party from Texas. Rep. Nick Lampson, a Democrat, scored a 0.

To view the full scorecard, go to www.hrc.org.

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