The actual source of this issue that you were receiving was due to the
in your connection string's values.
It will function properly if you substitute single quotes for them.
(Posted so that others may address the issue more quickly than I did.)
I made a change to solve this.
even if Entity Framework was being used.
My whole connection string therefore has the following structure:
<add name="DefaultConnection" connectionString="Data Source=localhost;Initial Catalog=xxx;Persist Security Info=True;User ID=xxx;Password=xxx" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />