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|Georgia legislators fail HRC's 112th Congressional Scorecard|
|Written by Ryan Watkins|
|Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:09|
The Human Rights Campaign today released its bi-annual Congressional Scorecard, a tracker of how members of Congress rate on issues of LGBT equality.
While the American people move forward on issues of equality, the majority of Congress – particularly the House – continues to be out of touch.
The average score of House members was 40 percent and 35 for Senators, down significantly from the 111th Congress.
In the House, 115 members scored 100 percent, including 33 from states with marriage equality and eight from states facing marriage-related ballot measures this November.
In the Senate, 22 scored 100 percent, including seven from states with marriage equality and five from ballot measure states.
The number of Senators with a zero percent score decreased from 32 last Congress to 14 this year, but disturbingly in the House, the number of zeroes dramatically increased from 144 to 219.
Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Iskason, both Republican, received scores of 15 percent.
Republican congressmen from Georgia rated by the HRC largely received scores of zero percent. The one exception was U.S. Rep. Paul Brown (R-Ga. 10), who received a score of 15 percent.
Of Georgia Democrats, Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson both received perfect ratings. Rep. David Scott received a rating of 80 percent, while Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. was given 30 percent. Rep. John Barrow, a Democratic congressman from Georgia's 12th district, was given a score of zero. Barrow is one of the Democratic Caucus' most conservative members.
To read more about Georgia's legislators and to find out where they stand on the issues, visit http://www.hrc.org/apps/yourelectedofficials/search_bystate.php#.UIBij1HtOSo
Top photo: U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) (right) was one of two Georgia congressmen to receive a perfect score from the HRC's 112th Congressional Scorecard (by Bo Shell)
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