U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Congressional Scorecard for the 113th Congress. The HRC scorecard tracks both the public positions and votes of Members on a variety of issues related to LGBT equality. The HRC scorecard comes just several weeks after Michaud became one of the first House Members to sign a discharge petition for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would bring federal workplace protections legislation for LGBT people directly to the House floor for a vote if it achieves 218 signatures.
“Our communities are at their best when everyone can feel respected and safe in their neighborhoods, schools and workplaces,” said Michaud. “I’m proud that we’ve led on issues of equality in Maine – from marriage to workplace protections – but there is still more we must do at the federal level to ensure everyone in our society has access to the same benefits and protections. That’s why I’m proud to support an array of bills that will move us in that direction – from legislation that protects young students from bullying in schools, to ensuring no one ever loses their job just because of who they are or who they love.”
The HRC scorecard ranked House Members based on six votes or publicly stated positions on LGBT-inclusive legislation, as well as their support for marriage equality. The six legislative items include:
- Co-sponsorship of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 1755): Michaud is an original co-sponsor.
- Co-sponsorship of the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 2523): Michaud is an original co-sponsor.
- Co-sponsorship of the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 1652): Michaud is an original co-sponsor.
- Co-sponsorship of the Safe Schools Improvement Act (H.R. 1199): Michaud is an original co-sponsor.
- Standing against the McMorris Rodgers Amendment to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) (H. Amdt. 23): This substitute amendment to VAWA did not include language prohibiting discrimination against – and providing services to – domestic violence victims based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Supporting the Nadler Amendment to the 2015 THUD Appropriations Act (H. Amdt. 790): This amendment would have increased funding for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program.
HRC is the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.