WASHINGTON, DC – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) surprised many LGBT politicos with its endorsement last week of Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk who is up for re-election in Illinois.

But while Kirk received a laudable score of 78 from the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, his opponent, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates), earned a perfect mark on the legislative scorecard.

The HRC endorsement was issued along with a first round of endorsements for pro-equality incumbents in the House and Senate.

“Whether it was becoming the first Republican Senator to co-sponsor the Equality Act, co-sponsoring a bill to help schools combat anti-LGBT bullying or supporting marriage equality, Senator Kirk has demonstrated time and again that he believes in full federal equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Senator Kirk’s leadership on the Equality Act sends a strong message that fairness and equality are bipartisan values. Senator Kirk has fought for us, and we are proud to support him in his re-election campaign.”

Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double amputee, won the Illinois Senate Democratic primary on March 15 and will face Kirk in November.



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