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Maryland delegation's votes on LGBT-related bills fall exactly along party lines

Sen. Barbara Mikulski and all the other Democrats in Maryland's congressional delegation got a 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's latest "scorecard." Rep. Andy Harris, the delegation's lone Republican, got a 0 percent.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski and all the other Democrats in Maryland's congressional delegation got a 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's latest "scorecard." Rep. Andy Harris, the delegation's lone Republican, got a 0 percent. (Photo by Jed Kirschbaum)

Earlier this week, we mentioned here that U.S. Rep. Andy Harris was named by the Human Rights Campaign to be among the most "anti-equality" members of Congress.

The nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group added the Baltimore County Republican to their "Hall of Shame" for his votes on recent legislation that impacts or could have impacted the LGBT community -- a bit of information they released ahead of their full "Congressional Scorecard" for the 113th Congress.

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Well now that document is fully available, and Harris' isolation when compared to the rest of the Maryland delegation, which is made up entirely of Democrats, is easy to see.

The HRC based its assessment for Senate members on their votes on 9 bills and their stance on same-sex marriage. It based its assessment for House members on their votes on 6 bills and their stance on same-sex marriage.

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You can see what all the bills are by accessing the report here.

Harris scored a 0 percent, meaning he took the opposite stance of the HRC on all of the assessed bills.

Every other member of Maryland's delegation scored a 100 percent on the scorecard, meaning they took the side of the HRC on all of the bills assessed.

There it is folks: the partisan divide, as seen in Maryland through an HRC lens.

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Elsewhere in LGBT news:

- If you didn't catch our story on Baltimore's ballroom scene, you can check it and the video out here.

- Check out the Washington Blade's photo essay on "five years in the LGBT movement." A bunch of Maryland folks make appearances. Scrolling through it is pretty cool.

- Speaking of marriage, here's BuzzFeed's "Everything You Need To Know About This Week's Marriage Equality Wave," albeit from yesterday. (Things move fast.)

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