Specter hailed as pro-gay moderate

Arlen SpecterBY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

LGBT groups hailed former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter for his support for LGBT rights upon his passing on Sunday despite the long-term lawmaker’s controversial end in politics after he shifted party affiliation from Republican to Democratic.

On Sunday, major media outlets reported Specter had died of complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphonia at the age of 82 in his home in Philadelphia. In 2005, Specter announced he was suffering from the disease, but continued serving as he underwent chemotherapy.

Specter for most of his career as a senator was a Republican and was known as a moderate voice within his party.

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