October 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm EST | by Phil Reese
Boehner campaigns for gay Mass. candidate
John Boehner, Speaker of the House, GOP, Republican, gay news, Washington Blade

U.S. House Speaker, John Boehner is campaigning to expand the House LGBT caucus with a GOP member all while retaining a government lawyer to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in court. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

BOSTON —House Speaker John Boehner, a long-time opponent of LGBT rights, is in Massachusetts fundraising and campaigning for that state’s former Senate Republican leader, who is openly gay.

Richard Tisei came out of the closet in 2010 and has voiced his support for same-sex marriage, and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, positions that are at odds with the House Republican leader’s.

“While they don’t agree on every issue, Richard and the speaker respect one another, and we expect Richard will be a strong, independent voice for his Massachusetts constituents that want a new approach to help create jobs and prosperity,” Boehner campaign spokesperson Cory Fritz said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post.


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