Politics

Republicans Who Didn't Say 'LGBT' in Their Orlando Statements

And their scores from the Human Rights Campaign.

A man holds a poster as he attends a vigil in Hong Kong for the victims of the Orlando, Florida, shooting. (ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)

House Democrats are criticizing congressional Republicans for their response to the weekend's mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, saying their refusal to call the massacre an anti-LGBT hate crime shows indifference to the gay community.  

CQ Roll Call checked GOP lawmakers' public statements on the Orlando shooting for references to the fact that the attack targeted gay people, and compared that with their scores on the Congressional Scorecard (PDF ) released by the Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT equality group. The scorecard is for the previous 113th Congress, so new members will not have a score.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., HRC Score: 0

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, HRC Score: 0

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., HRC Score: 0

Sen. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., HRC Score: 0

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., HRC Score: 60

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., HRC Score: 30

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., HRC Score: 0

Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., HRC Score: 0

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., New Member, No Score

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., HRC Score: 30

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., HRC Score: 29

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., HRC Score: 29

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., HRC Score: 0

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, HRC Score: 0

Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., HRC Score: 0

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., HRC Score: 60

Some Republicans had no trouble identifying the group that was the target of the weekend's mass shooting.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, HRC Score: 85

Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., HRC Score: 78

Kirk released a statement on his website :

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this hateful terrorist act that targeted the Orlando gay community. Gunman Omar Mateen's motivations remind us of the immediate threat the Islamic State poses to our country and the need for swift action to protect Americans from future attacks here at home."

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