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Lynch doesn’t sign DOMA brief, blames e-mail glitch

When every member of the state’s congressional delegation except Representative Stephen F. Lynch signed onto a brief Friday asking the US Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, it seemed like a case of the South Boston Democrat being a bit more conservative than his liberal Massachusetts colleagues.

But then his congressional office said it was a matter of unreceived e-mail, not a political decision by Lynch to stay on the sidelines, calling him an unwavering defender of gay rights. His Senate campaign went a step further, suggesting that Lynch — who lacks the ­national Democratic backing of his special election opponent, Representative Edward J. ­Markey — might be the victim of a deliberate exclusion.

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