Cathy McMorris Rodgers

U.S. Representative from Washington
Former Chair of the House Republican Conference

As a member of the U.S. House, voted against LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes legislation, voted no on protecting LGBTQ people from employment discrimination, voted against repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” (once, and abstained a second time), and voted in favor a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman.

—As state lawmaker in Washington, co-sponsored legislation “protecting the institution of marriage.”

—As a state lawmaker in Washington, voted against adding sexual orientation to state nondiscrimination laws.

On marriage: “I believe marriage is a sacred institution and should be defined as between one man and one woman.”

On gays and lesbians serving in the military: “I believe our military’s primary goal is national defense not to be a springboard to advance a social agenda.

Described passage of marriage equality in her home state of Washington as “a distraction from the real issues that are facing Americans.”

Joined most conservative House colleagues on a letter calling for President Obama to fire his openly gay Assistant Deputy for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.


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