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Scott Brown on Civil Rights

Republican Jr Senator


Next step in racial equality: stop glorifying violence

Q: After hundreds of years of discrimination, at what point do we in effect say, "you're on your own"? Instead of this kind of special preference affirmative action.

BROWN: Well, I think we're getting close. We've made huge strides. There are certain pockets still where there is inequality. There are disadvantages that need to be addressed. But do we do that through government intervention or do we do it by job creation? By educating our kids? By getting a culture of family. By getting at the black-on-black violence. We have to step back from glorifying a movement, the hip hop movement and other types of movements that glorify violence. So I think we're getting very close to just letting Americans, black, white, all races, colors, creeds, move forth with their own qualifications and stand on their own merits.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2013, on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race , Aug 25, 2013

Civil unions ok; federal same-sex marriage not ok

Q. When you think about the rights of same-sex couples, do you support civil unions, marriage, or neither?

A. Senator Brown is a supporter of civil unions, but believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. He believes that individual states are best positioned to decide whether to allow gay marriage, and he does not support a "one size fits all" approach from the federal government.

Source: AmericansElect email questionnaire with Scott Brown's staff , Nov 22, 2011

Gay marriage is a resolved issue in Massachusetts

A: Sen. Brown considers gay marriage to be a resolved issue in Massachusetts.
Source: AmericansElect email questionnaire with Scott Brown's staff , Nov 22, 2011

Represented abused women in divorce cases

Had I not grown up hungering for a family, I might never have appreciated the one I am blessed with now. Had I not yearned and longed for my own dad, I might never have been the dad who was determined not to miss a basketball game or who would treasure getting a handmade Father's Day coupon entitling me to a night at the movies with my girls. Had I not known violence, not seen what it did to my mother and my sister Leeann, I might never have represented other women in their divorce cases and fought to free them from abusive homes. Had I not been forced to become a protector, of my mother and my sister, I might not have grown up to be a problem solver, to look for the way out.
Source: Against All Odds, by Scott Brown, p.310 , Feb 21, 2011

Voted YES on defining marriage as one man and one woman

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part I: Families & Children:Domestic Partnership. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted YES].

Vote on a proposed Constitutional amendment: "It being the public policy of the Commonwealth to protect the unique relationship of marriage, only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Massachusetts. This article is self-executing, but the General Court may enact laws... establishing civil unions."

Relevant platform section:Part I: Families & Children: Domestic Partnership: "We oppose actions that would define marriage solely as a relationship between a man and a woman, and that would ban the recognition of any other relationship as marriage or its legal equivalent. We oppose efforts that would ban the provision of any benefits to gay and lesbian families that are now granted exclusively to married couples."

Source citation: Constitutional Amendment ; vote number 522

Source: Massachusetts House Journals via MassScorecard.org , Feb 11, 2004

Supported $200K reduction to blind job program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:Persons with Disabilities. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which reduced by $200,000 the funding for the Ferguson Industries for the Blind, which employs blind individuals as well as providing them an opportunity for socialization and a chance to mingle with peers, learn daily living skills and gain a feeling of independence.

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Persons with Disabilities: "We reaffirm our support for The Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability, and for efforts to bring the Commonwealth into full ADA compliance. We believe state assistance should be made more readily available for community-based care, and should not be inappropriately biased toward institutional settings."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 251

Source: Massachusetts House Journals via MassScorecard.org , Jul 10, 2003

Supported $900K for disability & mentoring aid

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:Persons with Disabilities. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's reduction of a Budget Line Item which cut: $99,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts; $304,000 for Work, Inc. and $500,000 for Best Buddies Massachusetts [two programs for job training of people with disabilities].

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Persons with Disabilities: "We believe state assistance should be made more readily available for community-based care, and should not be inappropriately biased toward institutional settings."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 254

Source: Massachusetts House Journals via MassScorecard.org , Jul 10, 2003

Opposed "Turning 22" mental disability program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part III: Health Care:Mental Health. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated state funding for the "Turning 22" program, which provides residential and treatment services for severely disabled individuals (who are mandated to exit other state programs after age 21). "Turning 22" is designed to allow a person to remain where his or her family lives.

Relevant platform section: PART III: HEALTH CARE, ACCESS & CHOICE: Mental Health: "Our Party supports the full implementation of mental health policies which will provide emergence care, family support, and appropriate housing to our citizens with chronic mental health disorders."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 253

Source: Massachusetts House Journals via MassScorecard.org , Jul 10, 2003

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