NHDP - Anniversary of DOMA Decision Reminder: Brown Wrong on Equal Rights, Wrong for NH

Year After Supreme Court Struck Down Anti-LGBT Law, Brown Cozies Up to Mitt Romney and Hopes No One Will Remember His Anti-LGBT Record

Concord, NH— The first anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is a perfect reminder for New Hampshire voters of Scott Brown's out of touch positions and opposition to equal rights. The Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented same-sex couples from enjoying the same federal rights as heterosexual couples, was supported by both Scott Brown and Mitt Romney. Now, Brown is cozying up to Romney and touting his endorsement. But Granite Staters remember that both Massachusetts politicians have always been on the wrong side of this issue, which affected thousands of New Hampshire families.
“Today is a perfect reminder that Scott Brown was on the wrong side of history when he opposed allowing loving, committed same-sex couples in New Hampshire the same rights as heterosexual couples,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “He was a reliable supporter of the Defense of Marriage Act, and even refused to support ending workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. And this week, he’s celebrating an endorsement from Massachusetts failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, another enemy of equality for LGBT individuals. There is simply no place for that sort of discrimination in the Granite State—families here will not stand for it.”

While he made no secret of the fact that he was pro-DOMA, Brown also referred to LGBT right as “pet issues” in an op-ed when he was running for Senate in Massachusetts. That comment prompted Jerame Davis, Executive Director of the Stonewall Democrats, to say that Brown “simply doesn’t care” about LGBT issues.
“Scott Brown is for Scott Brown. Between Brown’s past comments and his current embrace of Mitt Romney, it’s clear that he has the wrong priorities for New Hampshire,” McClain continued.