Today, HRC released the following statement regarding the Iowa Caucus results:
“From threatening to overturn nationwide marriage equality, to campaigning with a notorious “kill the gays” pastor in Iowa, to using transgender Americans as a punchline on the trail, Ted Cruz has spared no opportunity to attack the dignity and rights of LGBT Americans,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “Meanwhile, with his promise to appoint judges to overturn nationwide marriage equality and overturn President Obama’s executive orders banning LGBT discrimination among federal contractors, Marco Rubio’s “New American Century” looks a lot like the last one. While Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump campaign to take us back, Hillary Clinton is fighting to advance LGBT equality across our country.”
All the Republican candidates running for President oppose marriage equality and eight Republican candidates -- Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee -- have shown support for the discriminatory First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) -- or similar legislation -- to open up broad loopholes and put LGBT Americans at risk for Kim Davis-like discrimination in their daily lives.
Polling done by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for HRC shows that a 55 percent majority of voters are less likely to support a candidate for president who opposes allowing same-sex couples to marry. This majority includes Independents, married women and white millennials. All of these groups voted Republican in the last congressional election. Meanwhile, Public Religion Research Institute has reported that a 57 percent majority of Iowans support marriage equality.
The Human Rights Campaign has endorsed Hillary Clinton and is organizing members and supporters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina ahead of the upcoming caucus and primary elections.