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Scott Brown Encourages People to 'Move On' from Same-Sex Marriage, Though He Still Opposes It: VIDEO


Think Progress LGBT pulls a clip from Piers Morgan's forthcoming interview with Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.

Brown tells Morgan he isn't touching marriage equality:

"Well, it’s settled law in Massachusetts. Quite frankly, everybody’s moved on....Certainly some people care. And others have moved on. But they’re really concerned about how they’re going to pay their mortgage. Both people, gay and straight, they’re wondering about how they’re going to pay their mortgage, or if their kids and families are going to come home safe as they travel around the country and the world....It’s debt, deficit, taxes, spending, jobs, national security. We’ve moved on. I encourage everyone else to move on. It should be decided state by state basis. I’m focusing on those other things."

Zack Ford reminds us: "Despite his disinterest in discussing the issue, Brown still opposes marriage equality. Just two weeks ago, Massachusetts Democrats were urging Brown to change his position, but he dismissed it as a 'social issue.' He has voted to ban same-sex marriage twice before, and he even refused to participate in an 'It Gets Better' video for LGBT youth with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation."


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  1. he's the kind of virtuous man who would offer his underage daughter to an angry mob.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 20, 2012 12:31:50 PM

  2. His first two sentences completely contradict each other, and it goes downhill from there.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 20, 2012 12:32:57 PM

  3. There is no marriage equality in Mass and it is still not a resolved issue. Until the federal government recognizes the states definition of marriage, this is still not resolved in MA.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 20, 2012 12:33:47 PM

  4. Because paying a mortgage and the amount of taxes a couple pays isn't impacted at all by their right to marry... I guess those issues are just completely mutually exclusive.

    Posted by: Rich | Mar 20, 2012 12:34:39 PM

  5. Another example of why this tool should be kicked to the curb and why Elizabeth Warren should be voted in.

    Posted by: FML | Mar 20, 2012 12:37:33 PM

  6. You've used it as a wedge issue for years (yeah, that's on your head Ken Mehlman) but now that public opinion is turning against you ... let's 'move on' from the issue of gay-marriage.

    It's 'settled' law. It's a 'social issue'. It's a 'state' issue. NO ... it's a civil rights issue and history will always record your stand with bigotry Scott Brown.

    Everyone needs to get behind Elizabeth Warren for this Senate seat. She's the best thing to come along in years for Mass.

    Posted by: JONES | Mar 20, 2012 12:41:17 PM

  7. And to think that he won more than a few gay votes where people voted for him based on his 'looks' according to exit polls, and not his stand on issues that affect the lgbt community, ugh.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Mar 20, 2012 12:41:42 PM

  8. Scott Brown is not that bad. He does not support marriage equality, but he was one of just a few Republicans to support repealing DADT. He deserves some credit for that.

    Posted by: Isaiah | Mar 20, 2012 12:52:18 PM

  9. ..and IF a WOMEN had posed nude 30yrs ago - she'd NEVER be elected to ofc.....DOUBLE STANDARD?

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Mar 20, 2012 1:03:50 PM

  10. Translation: I have to throw a bone to the bigots in my base, but I really don't give enough of a crap to expend any political capital.

    Posted by: Hank | Mar 20, 2012 1:33:33 PM

  11. P.O.S

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 20, 2012 1:40:45 PM

  12. It's great if he wants to focus on those issues but that does not exempt him from voting on social issues. DOMA will come up, how ya gonna vote scotty???

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 20, 2012 1:47:22 PM

  13. What a ridiculous comment, Isaiah. Brown voted three times in 2010 to filibuster DADT repeal and only finally agreed to vote for repeal because it suited his own political self-interest in a state where support for repeal was so high.

    The real Scott Brown? He was very actively involved as a state legislator in efforts to write anti-gay discrimination into the Massachusetts Constitution and overturn the Massachusetts high court's historic ruling in favor of marriage equality. He referred to a lesbian colleague's family as "not normal". He continues to support DOMA, thereby depriving gay and lesbian couples married in Massachusetts - his own constituents - of true marriage equality. He does not support ENDA.

    Sure, if he were representing Alabama or Texas, maybe we would conclude that he's "not that bad" or "deserves some credit" but for a great state like Massachusetts to be represented by someone who opposes most of our equality agenda . . . well, that's definitely "that bad" and he is deserving of precisely zero credit for saving his own political hide by agreeing to stop blocking the repeal of DADT, a move he needed to make for his own political self-preservation.

    Elizabeth Warren will make a great U.S. Senator but she'll only make it if members of our own community and other progressives do the work to make sure she is elected. Otherwise, we'll be stuck with six more years of being without a crucial vote on our measures from one of the Senate seats - Senator Kennedy's seat, no less - where we should most be able to count on unfailing support.

    Posted by: Patric | Mar 20, 2012 1:48:36 PM

  14. @patric :

    Thank you for a well informed and interesting comment.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 20, 2012 1:53:38 PM

  15. He's right, we've had marriage since 2004 and it's a total non-issue. Oh please...Liz Warren is an even bigger tool. Massachusetts needs her like a hole in the head. I've got issues with Brown, but he's TAME compared to a hardcore southern 'conservative' Republican. And he knows Massachusetts [or New England in general] isn't going to go for a lot of the stuff common in other parts of the country like the bible belt. Conservatives here are more fiscal conservatives and social libertarian.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 20, 2012 2:13:46 PM

  16. And please excuse my suspicions of many self avowed 'progressives' [i.e. leftwingers] because it's my observation that [from living and working in Boston and Cambridge] that any Vehicle with a Deval Patrick/Obama/Elizabeth Warren sticker is inevitably being driven by a D-Bag. And dealing one on one with many avowed radical 'progressives' is invariably an unpleasant experience, even when no politics is involved. I've never understood why people who trumpet to the world their love of the Earth and Human Race could be so often pr*cks on a one-to-one basis.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 20, 2012 2:19:21 PM

  17. it's my observation that gay conservative/libertarians are a bunch of insecure ninnies living with their balls in the closet and complain about "liberals" in the hopes their families will overhear and perhaps, for one more day, tolerate their shameful gay @sses.

    keep complaining about "progressives" - it won't make your conservative family any less ashamed of you.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 20, 2012 2:28:07 PM

  18. Rat
    Ummm how is he a social libertarian? So he's saying people in MA should move or does that include people who don't have what you have? You got it so we should get over it? (truth I'm in ct)

    Also did you ever think maybe the people you deal with one on one are reacting to you? Talk about coming off as a D-bag
    Maybe you're not I really don't care but god dam

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 20, 2012 4:07:16 PM

  19. GeorgeM, 'ratbastard' is one of the MANY aliases of towleroad's resident conservative, self-loathing homosexual troll.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 20, 2012 4:15:05 PM

  20. @Hank, for the win.

    Posted by: Abel | Mar 20, 2012 5:07:27 PM

  21. Piers is pathetic. He keeps bringing on anti-gay people on his show to creat controversey to boost his sagging ratings.

    Posted by: David | Mar 20, 2012 5:19:46 PM

  22. That man volunteered to show the world his pubic hair.

    Cosmo also showed him in a pose with a curvy butt shot, although he was in tight shorts (vs. nude) for that one.

    I have never been able to take this guy seriously.

    Mr. Sign Me Up To Be Masturbation Material has some moral opposition to marriage equality?


    Posted by: Londer | Mar 20, 2012 8:04:27 PM

  23. Being a Bostonian , I know damn sure he will be packing up his office and personal things to make way for Ms Warren . Scott Brown is an anathema to the way Massachusetts thinks. We are the nations most progressive state . He proved himself not worthy of the mantle of being our senator ... Ted rolling over in his grave ...

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Mar 21, 2012 2:07:29 AM

  24. I'd still hit it.

    Posted by: haga | Mar 21, 2012 8:44:54 AM

  25. Uh... he's a Senator representing Massachusetts and the interests of ALL her citizens. It is in the interest of ALL Massachusetts citizens that the marriages of ALL her citizens be recognized by the federal government. If he's not in favor, he is derelict in his duty to his state.

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 21, 2012 9:43:57 AM

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