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Sen. Scott Brown Not Making Promises to LGBT Constituents

U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) published a guest opinion column in yesterday’s Bay Windows, New England’s largest LGBT newspaper.

In the column, the Massachusetts Republican tries to portray himself as an “independent voter and thinker,” recounting his much-deliberated decision to support repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010.

But on other LGBT issues, Sen. Brown comes up empty-handed. Brown – who has not shown support for the Employment Non-discrimination Act or repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act – says he has never been one to “support everyone’s pet project.”

For hardworking LGBT Americans, basic employment protections and the right to equal benefits under the law should never be a “pet project.” The majority of Americans stand in agreement. Despite the paper’s LGBT focus, Brown skirts around any specific comments on LGBT issues, vaguely stating that he recognizes “the liberty of every citizen to live as they choose.”

Bay Windows is the same publication in which another Republican candidate for U.S. Senate – Mitt Romney – infamously declared that he’d be better on gay rights than Ted Kennedy back in 1994.

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