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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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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. The Patrick administration said Friday that it’s seeking to extend health care coverage for medically necessary treatments needed to [...]

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The fight for equality: Tactics endure after 10 years of same-sex marriage

Saturday, May 17, 2014
In this May 17, 2004 file photo, Marcia Hams, left, and her partner, Susan Shepherd, right, take an oath administered by City Clerk D. Margaret Drury, foreground, during the application process for a marriage license just after midnight at City Hall in Cambridge, Mass. Hams and Shepherd were the first couple to complete the application process as Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States, and were wed later that day.
BOSTON -- Supporters and activists routinely ask gay couples to meet with reluctant lawmakers to put a human face on same-sex marriage. They file lawsuits. They use unexpected allies — in some cases, churches — to spread their message. [...]

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After Massachusetts’ first same-sex marriages, ‘joy spread’

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Irma, left, and her wife, Angela Bauer-Levesque pose on the stairway at Cambridge City Hall in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, May 16, 2014, prior to a renewal of their marriage vows in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the first same-sex weddings in Massachusetts and the nation. The women recalled being swept up in the excitement at they passed by city hall in 2004. Officials had decided to being marrying couples at midnight and the two jumped in line. The Cambridge couple said they got their license at 4:20 in the morning.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Newlyweds and couples celebrated Friday along with the lead lawyer in the landmark case behind the first same-sex marriages in Massachusetts and the nation 10 years ago. [...]

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Mass. governor signs tougher LGBT supportive anti-bullying bill into law

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law by strengthening protections for LGBT students and students with disabilities. [...]

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Pro-gay marriage GOP super PAC has strong Q1, gay GOP candidates fall short

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014, but gay Republicans candidates for U.S. Congress fell short in fundraising. [...]

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Thousands rally at UMass to support LGBT community, counter WBC protest

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Members of the LGBT community and allies organize in a peaceful rally and march at the UMass campus on April 16, 2014.
AMHERST, Mass. -- An estimated 2,000 people rallied at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday in support of the LGBTQ community, and UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay male athlete in NCAA Division 1 sports. [...]

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Derrick Gordon: ‘I couldn’t go on hiding and being somebody I’m not’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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In one of his first live interviews since coming out as gay earlier Wednesday, University of Massachusetts sophomore Derrick Gordon speaks with NBC’s joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the historic moment. [...]

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UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon comes out as gay

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Derrick Gordon
AMHERST, Mass. -- UMass guard Derrick Gordon has become the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball. [...]

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U.S. immigration officials free gay Ethiopian man pending asylum request

Monday, March 31, 2014
ICE
BOSTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Boston have released 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man who was facing deportation back to his home country where knowledge that he is gay could land him in prison. [...]

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