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Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey debate civilly

Rivals highlight their humble roots and discuss gay rights and the spending by outside interests

LOWELL — In a civil debate that turned on gentle differences of policy and biography, US Representatives Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch sought to showcase their blue-collar roots and argued over gay rights and outside spending in their race for the Democratic Senate nomination.

Markey, of Malden, and Lynch, of South Boston, avoided direct and hostile confrontations during the 45-minute forum at the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Monday night.

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