Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is making an appeal to LGBT voters in Massachusetts this weekend, saying "there is still much work to be done" and that she will be "a leader in the fight for full equality."
Warren marched in Saturday's Pride parade through the streets of Boston, along with Gov. Deval Patrick and a contingent of supporters for President Obama's reelection.
And Warren, the Democrat who is challenging incumbent Republican Scott Brown, issued an unequivocal statement of support for LGBT Americans ahead of the parade. In it, she opposes the Defense of Marriage Act and supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — both are positions not shared by Brown. Read the statement:
"As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month here in Massachusetts, we can proudly say that our state has led the nation in protecting and promoting equality, from marriage equality to comprehensive anti-discrimination laws. But there is still much work to be done. No one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression."
“We must remain committed to promoting fairness and equality for all, and work to end the two-tiered system created by the Defense of Marriage Act, pass a fully-inclusive Employee Non-Discrimination Act, and work to create welcoming schools and prevent bullying. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will be a leader in the fight for full equality for all Americans.”
So far Brown has not released a statement to coincide with June's Pride month. He has in the past released statements and videos commemorating Memorial Day and St. Patrick's Day. His first television commercial in the state touted him as an "independent" voice in the Senate. The ad didn't mention it, but Brown was one of eight GOP senators to cross the aisle and vote for repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."
Brown wrote a column in the LGBT newspaper Bay Windows in April and defended his lack of support for ENDA and for repeal of DOMA.
“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,” wrote Brown. “My opponent has already started down that road, promising to support everyone’s pet project. That’s not the way I have ever operated.”