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Massachusetts is the 6th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Feb 6, 1788. Its capital and most populous city is Boston.

LGBT Rights in Massachusetts: Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage following a state Supreme Judicial Court ruling on Nov. 18, 2003. The law took effect on May 17, 2004. Massachusetts prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in credit, public and private employment, union practices, housing, and public accommodations, and on the basis of gender identity and expression in credit, public and private employment, union practices and housing. State law protects against hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity. State law prohibits adoption discrimination against gays.

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Gay, transgender veterans march for the first time in Boston Veterans Day parade

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
OutVets
BOSTON -- Massachusetts marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with commemorations around the state, including a parade in Boston in which gay and transgender veterans were allowed to march for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed group representing LGBT military veterans, had about 20 marchers in Tuesday afternoon's parade ...

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Gay veterans group to march in Boston parade for the first time

Monday, November 10, 2014
AP (File)
Boston's annual Veterans Day parade will include a group representing LGBT military veterans for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed nonpartisan and nonpolitical group based in Boston, expects between 10 to 30 people to march Tuesday in matching polo shirts and baseball caps. The downtown parade covers Boston Common and...

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Maura Healey elected nation’s first openly gay Attorney General

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Maura Healey
BOSTON — Democrat Maura Healey has won the race for Massachusetts attorney general, topping Republican John Miller to become the nation’s first openly gay candidate elected to the top law enforcement job.

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Gay Republican Richard Tisei loses U.S. House bid in Massachusetts

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Richard Tisei
BOSTON — Democrat Seth Moulton has won the race for Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District, defeating openly gay Republican Richard Tisei.

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Election preview: Top 10 races to watch for LGBT candidates

Saturday, November 1, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, greets spectators at the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
This year’s election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay governor. Two candidates for Congress could well become the first openly gay Republican elected ...

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Ex-Massachusetts Episcopalian Bishop Thomas Shaw dies

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Bishop Thomas Shaw
BOSTON -- Thomas Shaw, a gay monk who served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts for nearly two decades and championed Palestinian, minority and other causes, has died. He was 69.

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Gay rights group to protest Gordon College ban on ‘homosexual behavior’

Friday, October 3, 2014
Gordon College, Wenham, Mass.
BOSTON -- Gay rights advocates will be rallying during Gordon College's homecoming to call on the college to eliminate its ban against "homosexual behavior." OneGordon, an association of gay alumni, students and staff, will protest on the campus quad Saturday while homecoming events are taking place.

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Healey wins big in Mass. Attorney General primary

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Maura Healey
Massachusetts Attorney General candidate Maura Healey won the hotly-contested Democratic primary, advancing to the November general election. If she wins in November, Healey would become the first openly LGBT attorney general candidate ever elected in the United States.

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Anti-gay activist qualifies as candidate for Mass. governor

Monday, August 25, 2014
Scott  Lively
BOSTON -- Scott Lively, the anti-gay pastor who has dedicated much of his professional life to combating what he calls the “evil Satan inspired homosexual agenda," has submitted the necessary signatures and paperwork to qualify as an independent candidate for governor of the state of Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts to remove barriers to transgender related healthcare

Friday, June 20, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)
BOSTON -- A range of gender identity treatments — including hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgery — could soon be covered in both private insurance and in public programs for Massachusetts residents. [caption id="attachment_144308" align="alignright" width="450"] Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)[/caption] The Patrick administration said Friday that...

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