Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 09:21AM
Brown Welcomes Gov. Perry and His Repeated Insults to LGBT Families to NH
Brown Has History of Failing New Hampshire LGBT Community
Manchester, NH— LGBT Leaders in New Hampshire are calling attention to Scott Brown's welcoming of Texas Governor Rick Perry to New Hampshire, given Perry's offensive remarks about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, his record of actively fighting against LGBT civil rights, and Brown's record of failing LGBT families.
Brown and the NHGOP are hosting a conference call with Governor Perry today.
Scott Brown’s record of failing LGBT families, includes opposing the repeal of the antiquated Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to support—or even take a stand on—the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would have protected individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Brown also opposed same-sex marriage and repeatedly voted for a constitutional ban, and voting to suspend same-sex marriages in Washington, DC.
Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard said, "The fact that Scott Brown has agreed to associate so closely with someone who has actively fought against civil rights for LGBT individuals is extremely troubling, and frankly, hurtful. Families across the state deserve to know that Brown agrees with Governor Perry’s offensive, insensitive, and idiotic comparison between homosexuality and alcoholism. Scott Brown is showing us he isn't in this race for New Hampshire's LGBT community or any of our family or friends.”
Brown is hosting the Perry conference call only weeks after Perry compared LGBT people to alcoholics, saying "I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way."
“Rick Perry's brand of discrimination isn't welcome in New Hampshire. This is the latest in a string of embarrassing and disastrous decisions made by a badly flailing Brown campaign,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Accepting RickPerry’s endorsement and then touting it in front of members of the New Hampshire media is truly disturbing given Perry’s consistent anti-LGBT record. The fact that Brown has linked himself so closely with Governor Perry—especially following the incident in which one of his strong supporters sent the NHDP foul hate mail—should really spur families across the state to ask themselves whether this Beacon Hill politician has any sense of New Hampshire at all.”