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Friday, November 10, 2006

Leaning a little bit to the right

MILFORD

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(Rep. Marie Parente, Globe Staff Photo by David L. Ryan)

Outgoing state Representative Marie Parente, a gay marriage opponent, voiced her frustration yesterday when lawmakers prevented a vote on allowing a proposed ban on same-sex marriage to go to voters. She also gave a colorful description of her political leanings, according to an Associated Press story.

"I'm probably 3,000 feet to the right of Attila the Hun. But the gracious people, the socially conscious people, the liberal people, you're the ones who always want everyone to be heard. What about these 170,000 people?" Parente, a Milford Democrat, said, referring to the number of people who signed a petition for the ban.

Parente was defeated in the Democratic primary in September by John V. Fernandes, a former Milford selectman. Fernandes went on to easily defeat Republican Robert Burns in Tuesday's general election.

-- John C. Drake

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