Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has distanced himself from anti-gay language in the 2012 Republican Platform.

The platform, which still needs to be ratified by Republicans meeting in Tampa this week, outlines many of the party's official positions.

The proposed document's marriage plank supports a federal “constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman” and “campaigns underway in several other states to” amend their constitutions to define marriage as a heterosexual union. The platform also criticizes President Barack Obama's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – the 1996 law which bars federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples – in court. The document also suggests a Republican president would consider reinstating “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”

Brown, who is in a heated race against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, a strong supporter of gay rights, told Boston Spirit, a Boston Globe blog, that he is at odds with parts of the platform.

“Scott Brown believes gay marriage is settled law in Massachusetts and it's time to move on to issues like jobs and the economy,” the Brown campaign wrote in an e-mail. “He opposes a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman.”

Boston Spirit notes that the statement is “notably silent on where the candidate stands on DOMA and whether he would vote to overturn the law.”