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.
So apparently working to pass ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) to ensure the basic civil right to not be fired from your job because you are or are perceived to be trans or gay is just someone’s “pet project”. It’s not a “real economic problem”. Getting the federal government to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and finally recognize same-sex civil marriages just like it recognizes every other civil marriage legally enacted under state law is a “pet project”.
Does he really think that dumping this insulting garbage in an LGBT newspaper will win him votes? You have got to be kidding me.
Update: The commenters over at Bay Windows are summing it up best (H/T David):
“I hope that the sole extent of your interaction with the LGBT community in MA does not begin and end with a guest opinion; that would seem a bit hollow.”
“Good to know Senator Brown views my right to marry as a “pet project.””
“So the senator promises to create jobs… that we can then be legally fired from in most states just for being who we are. No thanks.”
“Marriage is a major economic issue for LGBT people…not a “pet project.””
Cross-posted at Blue Mass Group.