Gay lawmakers form LGBT political action committee

Anne Wernikoff

Two gay lawmakers are forming a political action committee to help other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender politicians get elected to Congress.

Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Mark Takano (D-Calif.), the first openly gay Asian-American in Congress, announced Tuesday they will co-chair the Equality PAC.

The Equality PAC is endorsing Minnesota congressional candidate Angie Craig, an executive at St. Jude Medical who is running to fill the seat of retiring Rep. John Kline (R). 

It is also backing the reelection bids of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) — the first openly bisexual lawmaker in Congress — and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), who is also gay.

“I am thrilled to help launch the Equality PAC, which will help grow LGBT equality members, candidates and allies by providing our candidates with the resources they need to win,” Polis said in a statement.

"It's time we build an inclusive America and restore the American Dream for everyone,” he added.

“By electing more LGBT members to the House, the Equality PAC will ensure that Congress better reflects the diversity of the American people,” Takano said.

The Equality PAC will back gay and straight candidates who support LGBT causes.