Friday, April 2, 2010

Scott Brown Watch....

According to Bay Windows, 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.

Not all Republicans did this.  The two senators from Maine did not participate in the vote.

"It is always offensive when Congress tries to meddle with the decisions of the democratically-elected government of the District of Columbia, but this is unfortunately nothing new," Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), said. "What is deeply cynical about the Bennett Amendment, however, is the attempt by Senate Republicans to use marriage equality in the District as a political wedge to kill the historic effort to improve the health care system for all Americans. Fortunately, a strong majority of Senators rejected this political ploy."

Brown had told Barbara Walters in a January interview that he believes state government should be solely responsible for determining issues of marriage equality. "And on the marriage issue that you brought up, it’s settled here in Massachusetts," he said.

What he didn't say was that he was one of the leading opponents of same-sex marriage -- and even civil unions.  Funny how people are already forgetting history now that their bigotry is becoming clearer.  

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