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Matt Brown Shifts Stance on Gay Marriage
(posted Feb. 26, 2006)
Democratic Senatorial candidate Matt Brown has changed his position on gay
marriage. Appearing on the WJAR-TV show "10 News Conference" with
Jim Taricani, Brown said when he announced his Senatorial run, he had been in
favor of civil unions but opposed to gay marriage, but now supported gay
marriage. He said that several states around the country had legislation on
civil unions but they included different rights so he had concluded that was
not the best way to secure basic rights for gay people.
Asked about Bishop Tobin's recent comment that Catholic politicians who did
not support Church doctrine on abortion should resign their positions, Brown
said "no" he did not agree with the Bishop's advice. "We have
separation of church and state," he said. "These elected officials
who are Catholic should do what they think is right."
Brown called on opponent Sheldon Whitehouse to debate him on the issues of
the campaign. "I have challenged the other people in this race to put
their ideas forward," he complained. But so far, Whitehouse has refused
to debate him.
Brown indicated he supports the right of illegal aliens to obtain
government-funded health care. Even though Governor Don Carcieri has called
for an end to this practice, Brown said, "I disagree with the
Governor." Those who go to school and need health care ought to get it,