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Massachusetts, USA: Boxer Micky Ward Withdraws Scott Brown Endorsement Because Brown Doesn’t Support Marriage Equality

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Massachusetts, USA: Boxer Micky Ward Withdraws Scott Brown Endorsement Because Brown Doesn't Support Marriage EqualityBoxer Micky Ward retracted his endorsement of Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown over his opposition to gay marriage and unions.

The 46-year-old Ward, the subject of the 2010 film The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, confirmed to the Sun of Lowell his pending endorsement of Brown after the Brown campaign hinted of Ward’s backing. But 30 minutes later, Ward reversed himself, calling the paper to inform staffers that he could not support Brown’s re-election.

“I found out Scott is anti-union, and I’m a Teamster guy,” Ward told the paper. “I found out he’s also against gay marriage, and I say if you love someone, you should have the same rights no matter who you are.”

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MA, USA: Scott Brown to Gay Community – I Make No Promises

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Senator Scott BrownHow obnoxious can U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) be? In a guest opinion published today in Bay Windows, a Massachusetts LGBT newspaper, Brown tells us that:

I don’t come before you with a checklist of items promising that I will be an advocate for you on each and every one of them. My opponent has already started down that road, promising to support everyone’s pet project. That’s not the way I have ever operated. [snip]

I believe all people should be treated with dignity and respect. I recognize the liberty of every citizen to live as they choose, and it is from this diversity that we derive our strength as a nation. We are Americans first and must work together to fix our country’s real economic problems.

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Senator Scott Brown: Everybody Has Moved On From Massachusetts Marriage Equality Issue

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Scott Brown on Marriage EqualityIn an interview last night with Piers Morgan on CNN, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) explained that marriage equality is settled law in his state and “everybody’s moved on”:

MORGAN: Massachusetts is one of the states that’s approved gay marriage. How do you personally feel about that?

BROWN: Well, it’s settled law in Massachusetts. Quite frankly, everybody’s moved on.

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Senator Scott Brown Votes Against DADT Debate, Says Tax Cuts Must Come First

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Don't Ask Don't TellSenator Scott Brown has voted to block the debate on ending the ban on gays serving openly in the military, one week after announcing he was ready to support a repeal of the ban.

The 1993, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law bans gay troops from publicly acknowledging their sexual orientation. For years, this ban has been hotly debated, but as of right now it has been put on the back burner. Thursday’s 57-40 test vote fell three votes short of the 60 needed to advance.

Democratic Sen. John Kerry voted to allow debate on the repeal, but Brown’s vote to block the repeal has caused quite a stir because he said that he would support a repeal of the federal ban if battle readiness of US troops was guaranteed.

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DADT: Senator Scott Brown Will Support DADT Repeal

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell RepealThis is great news, and it helps shift momentum our way. Specifically, it puts more pressure on other GOP moderates like Snowe and Collins, and also on Dem conservatives.

What remains to be seen is whether Brown supports cloture on the defense bill itself (there are various cloture votes). He could support cloture on DADT but not support it on the bill, thus taking DADT down anyway. So more details need to come out. But still, this is good news.

“I have been in the military for 31 years and counting, and have served as a subordinate and as an officer. As a legislator, I have spent a significant amount of time on military issues. During my time of service, I have visited our injured troops at Walter Reed and have attended funerals of our fallen heroes.”

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Scott Brown’s Position on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Unknown

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Will the Senator be friend or foe? As a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Forces, Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) has an important role to play in the anticipated upcoming vote on a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” (DADT) which could be seen as early as the spring. While Brown is considered an as-yet undecided vote, LGBT advocates are aiming to help the Senator make up his mind.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) last month introduced a repeal of DADT, which must clear the Senate Committee on Armed Forces before it can pass. “The strategy is to try to include this legislation to repeal in the Department of Defense Authorization Bill,” said David Stacy, the lead lobbyist on DADT at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). “That’s the bill that in 1993 was used to enact ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ so it’s a logical and normal vehicle that you would repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ through.” In order to include the repeal in the Authorization Bill, a majority of the committee must support it. Therefore, Stacy said, “Scott Brown is a critical vote.”

“We’re expecting some sort of movement on the bill in the Armed Services Committee in May or June,” said DeeDee Edmondson, political director of LGBT advocacy group MassEquality. “There’s a lot of different moving parts to everything of course, as it always is in politics, but that is kind of the conventional wisdom.”

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MA: Senator Scott Brown Casts His First Anti Gay Vote

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

D.C. marriage equality is safe, despite attempts from the new Senator, Republicans, to demand a referendum. Newly elected Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown joined Republican peers in attempting to halt the performance of legalized same-sex marriages in the District of Columbia until the issue could face a referendum vote. The Senate considered the proposed amendment that included the stipulation for the referendum as a possible addition to President Barack Obama’s health care bill.

According to a March 25 vote tallied around 1:30 that morning, however, supporters of the saw their amendment fail. Of the required 60 votes, proponents garnered only 36. The 59 Senators in opposition to the measure included two Republicans – Maine’s Olympia Snow and Susan Collins. Three Republicans did not participate in the vote.

Sen. Bob Bennett, a Utah Republican, offered the proposed referendum as one of 41 amendments offered to reconcile last week’s landmark health care legislation.

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