The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus counted 155 Democratic lawmakers as members as it relaunched for the 116th Congress this week, but not a single Republican has joined the ranks, according to Pink News.
The group “will be co-chaired by all eight of the out LGB lawmakers who now sit in the House of Representatives: Democratic Reps. David Cicilline (RI), Angie Craig (MN), Sharice Davids (KS), Katie Hill (CA), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY), Chris Pappas (NH), Mark Pocan (WI) and Mark Takano (CA).”
And Pink News reported that this will mark the first time that a majority of House Democrats have joined the cause of LGBT+ equality.
But Republican representation in the caucus has now shrunk from two to zero.
Prior to her retirement in 2018, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was part of the group, and Carlos Curbelo was a member before he lost re-election to his Democratic challenger.
Still, the group now has more members than ever before, which co-chair Sharice Davids said presents the caucus with “a unique opportunity to enact real change on LGBT issues and further expand and protect the rights of the LGBT community in the US and around the world.”
Cicilline said the co-chairs are preparing to re-introduce the Equality Act, which will find plenty of support in the House but faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where Republicans maintain control and held up the bill for years.
Cicilline said: “Fairness and equality are core American values. Unfortunately, as he has shown again and again, the President does not share these ideals.
“That’s why it’s more important than ever that Members of Congress stand up for the rights of the LGBT community.
“As I prepare to re-introduce the Equality Act, I am delighted that so many of my House colleagues – the largest number on record, in fact – are committed to fighting for full LGBT equality as members of this important caucus.”