Tisei responds to Tierney/Frank attack: He’s pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, & bipartisan

LYNNFIELD – “Pro-solution Democrats” from across the Sixth District of Massachusetts gathered at Richard Tisei’s campaign headquarters this week to highlight how he would be a pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, bipartisan representative for the Massachusetts 6th Congressional District.

Democrats who attended the press conference included Former Mayor Chip Clancy and Former State Representative Paul Casey.

Tisei and his supporters outlined examples demonstrating how the Tierney campaign continues to provide voters with inaccurate information regarding his stance on abortion, gay rights, and other bipartisan issues.

“People know me and they know where I stand: I’m pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and I work for the people who elected me,” Tisei told reporters and supporters. “I have my own record to prove it.  I don’t need to hide behind my party like John Tierney who has voted with his own party 99% of the time.”

According to the Tisei campaign, Congressman John Tierney has served in the U.S. Congress for sixteen years and has not introduced a single bill that has passed the House of Representatives.

Tisei touted his twenty-six year record of reaching across the aisle and taking care of business for Massachusetts.

The campaign provided the following statements regarding Tisei’s stance on various issues:

“’The Massachusetts delegation is a bit ahead of the country with a libertarian brand of Republicanism, with support for gay rights and the right to have an abortion,’” said Tisei.– The Harvard Crimson, 1992

Richard was quoted as saying he has “no problem” with government funding of Planned Parenthood, and would have voted against the Blunt amendment. –The Hill, July 24, 2012

Richard voted for legislation for the Buffer Zone law in 2000, creating 18 foot buffer zones for clinics that have abortion protesters.

Richard voted for the Emergency Contraception bill, which passed into law in 2005. He also served on the conference committee that worked out the differences between the House and Senate versions and came up with the final language that was signed into law. Gov. Romney vetoed the bill and Richard voted to override the governor.

The law allows specially trained pharmacists to dispense the “morning after” pill any woman without a prescription. The bill also requires hospitals to provide information and the morning-after pill to victims of sexual assault.

“While describing himself as a fiscal conservative, Tisei is considered a social liberal. He revealed last week that he is gay, and he has supported efforts to legalize gay marriage in Massachusetts.” –The Boston Globe, November 23, 2009

“[House Bill 3190] does more than define marriage as between one man and one woman. There was also language in the amendment that stated, ‘Any other relationship shall not be recognized as a marriage or its legal equivalent.’ Legal experts agree that if this language were added to the Constitution, it would effectively prevent any type of basic benefit from ever being offered to same sex couples. That includes a wide range of benefits ranging from health insurance to pension and inheritance benefits.” Press Release, February, 2004

During the Gay Marriage debate in 2004, 2006 and 2007, there was a constitutional convention debate centered on the so-called “Marriage Affirmation Act,” House Bill 3190. House 3190 would amend Massachusetts’ constitution to restrict civil marriage to that between a man and a woman. Richard opposed House Bill 3190 from the start.

Richard was very active in helping to pass the Welfare Reform Law that when passed in 1993 served as a national model. Richard served on the six member conference committee that hashed out a compromise for the historic legislation. He authored a number of anti-fraud provisions included in the bill.

Richard was the lead sponsor of the Whistleblower Protection Law that was passed during Gov. Weld’s tenure as governor, and led the fight to protect healthcare workers from harassment and retaliation by their employers for reporting patient abuse and unsafe working conditions.

Richard was the author of the state law establishing a system for alternative certification making it easier for individual changing careers to enter the teaching profession. This innovative program was included as a provision in the landmark 1993 education reform act.


The preceeding article was developed using a press release issued by the Campaign to Elect Richard Tisei.


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