Seven current candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination responded to an LGBTQ survey from the Human Rights Campaign on Monday –but Tulsi Gabbard was NOT one among them.
Gabbard silence speaks loudly because she was slammed by critics at the start of her presidential campaign for her opposition to LGBTQ rights as a Hawaii state legislator.
In the early 2000s, Gabbard denounced LGBTQ rights supporters seeking to legalize civil unions as
She then touted working for her father’s anti-gay organization, which fought marriage equality and promoted conversion therapy.
The seven current candidates who did responded were Biden, Bloomberg, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer and Warren. They all answered each of HRC’s questions on LGBTQ issues, including whether they support the Equality Act, oppose Trump’s transgender military ban and will commit to tackling anti-trans violence.
Although Gabbard had previously apologized after winning election to Congress, she issued after the start of her presidential campaign another apology via video, saying her anti-LGBTQ remarks
“were very hurtful for people in the LGBTQ community and to their loved ones.”
“I’m deeply sorry for having said that. My views have changed significantly since then and my record in Congress over the last six years and reflect what is in my years.”
Gabbard since her election to Congress has endorsed marriage equality and became a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, legislation that would bar anti-LGBTQ discrimination under federal law.
But her record on LGBTQ issues isn’t spotless. The Hawaii Democrat was among a handful of congressional Democrats last year who didn’t sign a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule anti-LGBTQ discrimination is a form of sex discrimination, therefore illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In a news statement, the HRC says it will update its website with Gabbard’s responses should she provide them.
Also not among the respondents is Trump.
HRC hasn’t made an endorsement in the 2020 presidential race. They responded to questions,
“These answers, alongside our town hall, will be crucial to our endorsement process and decision.“
(via Washington Blade)