Group plans ads for GOP Senate hopeful in Mass.By STEVE LeBLANC , Associated Press
Apr. 1, 2013 8:28 PM ET
BOSTON (AP) — A conservative group whose leader has lamented what he calls the "homosexuality is normal movement" is planning to produce two radio and one television ad to support Republican Michael Sullivan in the state's special U.S. Senate election.
A spokesman for the Conservative Campaign Committee said it started production on the radio ads on Monday and is shooting a TV ad in Boston on Tuesday. The group said last week it hopes to raise more than $200,000 to help elect Sullivan.
A Sullivan campaign official said Monday that he wasn't familiar with the leader of the group, Lloyd Marcus.
In an Internet posting, Marcus says he has "dear friends and beloved relatives who are homosexual," while also criticizing gay activists as "outrageously aggressive."
"The Homosexuality is Normal Movement is not passive well-meaning victims simply seeking tolerance and their place in the sun," Marcus wrote. "They are relentless, viscous and hell bent on forcing all of us, particularly Christians, to say their behavior is normal."
Sullivan has said he's a "traditionalist" on marriage, believing it should be between a man and a woman.
But Sullivan, a former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, has also said he supports repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies legally married gay couples a range of federal benefits available to other married couples.
Sullivan has also said that the definition of marriage is best left up to individual states.
"I believe DOMA should be reversed and the federal government should respect those states that recognize gay marriage by providing those couples with the same level of benefits," Sullivan said in the statement last month.
An official for Sullivan's campaign said he "welcome the support of people and groups who share Mike's humility and good heart toward his fellow human beings."
Sullivan is facing Norfolk state Rep. Daniel Winslow and Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez in the Republican primary.
Winslow's campaign faulted Sullivan for not distancing himself from "anti-gay hate groups."
"The politics of division and hate have no place in Massachusetts politics and Sullivan should disavow himself from these organizations," Winslow spokesman Charlie Pearce said in a statement.
Winslow and Gomez support gay marriage.
Both Democratic candidates — U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey — say they also support gay marriage.
Lynch and Markey have signed a so-called "people's pledge" designed to discourage radio, television and Internet ads by outside groups. The deal also applies to political mailings.
The Republican candidates have not agreed to a similar pledge. They note that Lynch and Markey began the campaign with hefty campaign accounts.
The Democratic and Republican primaries are April 30. The special election in June 25.