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New Jersey’s District 4 Representative Chris Smith has been denying LGBTQ equality for…


But it’s safe to say he’s been homophobic his entire life.

Chris Smith’s Homophobic Agenda

Chris Smith is no moderate. Since arriving in Washington in 1981, Smith has consistently used his office to enforce his radically narrow conservative ideals, aligning himself firmly with the ultra-conservative Religious Right.

His extensive record of legislation and statements aimed at supressing equality of the LGBTQ community and denying basic human rights is a reflection of that. Let's take a closer look:


Jan 27, 2015
Smith's Homophobic Statement was Condemned by the Human Rights Campaign

Smith said he does “not construe homosexual rights as human rights, and continued to question whether the country’s opposition to anti-LGBT legislation had negatively impacted the United States' international relations.

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Feb 28, 2013
Smith Voted Against Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act

Smith objected to provisions in the Senate bill that extended the law's protections to lesbians, gays, immigrants, and Native Americans; claiming it represents a “feminist attack on family values.”

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Jul 20, 2010
Smith Aligned with Oppressive Regimes to Denounce International LGBT Organization

Smith demanded the United Nations not give recognition to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, aligning himself with oppressive regimes such as Egypt, Angola, Burundi, China, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia and Sudan.

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Apr 29, 2009
Smith Voted Against Hate Crime Prevention Act

Smith voted against the bill which protects crimes defines “hate crime” a crime in which the defendant intentionally selects a victim or the property that is the object of the crime, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation of any person.

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Jun 06, 2006
Smith Co-Sponsored Resolution to Ban Gay Marriage

Smith co-sponsored a joint resolution to add a constitutional amendment to strictly define marriage as between a man and a woman, effectively outlawing gay marriage nationwide.

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Sept 29, 2004
Smith Votes for Resolution to Ban Gay Marriage

He did this a few times.

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Feb 08, 1995
Smith Co-Sponsored Bill to Prevent Government Promotion of Homosexuality

The bill aimed to prohibit the direct or indirect use of Federal funds to promote, condone, accept, or celebrate homosexuality, lesbianism, or bisexuality. Whatever that means.

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Sep 23, 1994
Smith Called for the Resignation of Surgeon General for Promoting Sex Education

Smith formally called for the resignation of the Surgeon General for saying “Sex is a healthy part of our being, whether it is homosexual or heterosexual.” and promoting sex education.

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Nov 04, 1980
Smith Won His First Election with Help from Anti-LGBT Group

Smith received substantial financial contributions from Christian Voice, a fundamentalist group which, among other claims, cited that “the average gay has had more than 500 (usually anonymous) sexual partners” and that “[m]any ‘serial’ killers are homosexuals.”

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Nov 04, 1973
Smith Pens Homophobic Rant in College Newspaper

Writing for The Signal, the newspaper of Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey), Smith addressed the “current upsurge in identity reversal, sexual perversion, and permissiveness” pervading the country in the form of homosexuality, which he believes represented “the falling away from God and His law.”

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Smith’s Hateful Statement

In 2015, Chris Smith said he “does not construe homoxeual rights as human rights” at House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa hearing on Nigeria. Far from an out of context soundbite, Smith continued to question whether U.S. opposition to anti-LGBT legislation had negatively impacted the U.S.’s engagement in Nigeria.

Smith's statement was condemned by many human rights organizations and members of both the Democratic and Republican parties. It is clear that Rep. Chris Smith believes the LGBTQ community to be subhuman.

What You Can Do

Chris Smith might not be around to talk, but you can contact him in other ways. Let him know how you feel.

NJ’s 4th Congressional District has been redrawn five times while Smith has been its Representative, each time further protecting his incumbency. But that's a whole different story. As a result, many may not even realize he represents them. You are in Chris Smith’s constituency if you live in:

Mercer County

Hamilton and Robbinsville

Monmouth County

Allentown, Avon-By-The-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Brielle, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Farmingdale, Freehold, Freehold, Holmdel, Howell, Lake Como, Little Silver, Manalapan, Manasquan, Middletown Township (part), Millstone, Neptune City, Neptune, Ocean, Red Bank, Roosevelt, Rumson, Sea Girt, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Tinton Falls, Upper Freehold and Wall

Ocean County

Bay Head, Jackson, Lakehurst, Lakewood, Manchester, Point Pleasant Beach and Point Pleasant

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