Though Massachusetts Republican senator Scott Brown voted in favor of the successful “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal bill, MassEquality executive director Kara Suffredini says that the gay rights organization will not support Brown’s 2012 reelection bid unless the senator makes equality a priority.
“Brown deserves praise for breaking with his party to vote to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ He was one of only eight Senate Republicans to do so,” writes Suffredini in an op-ed. “But there is much more work left to be done.”
Suffredini points to a long list of concerns including HIV infection rates, the lack of workplace protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, substance abuse among LGBTs, bullying, and adoption, immigration and marriage inequality, as areas in which Brown could make strides to earn the backing of MassEquality in the 2012 election.
Brown, the state’s junior senator, won the special election in 2010 to fill the seat previously held by pro-equality senator Edward Kennedy who died in 2010. Brown is reportedly sitting on campaign coffers of over $7 million.
For Suffredini’s recommendations for Brown, click here.