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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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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
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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
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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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Mass. lawmaker reveals he has HIV, will resign to lead AIDS Action Committee

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Carl Sciortino
BOSTON -- State Rep. Carl Sciortino said Tuesday he is HIV-positive and plans to step down to become the new executive director of The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

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Mass. Senate passes updates to anti-bullying law

Thursday, March 20, 2014
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BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Senate has overwhelmingly approved 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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Lively: Revolution coming because people are ‘fed up’ with ‘homosexual agenda’

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Scott Lively
Scott Lively was a guest on Bryan Fischer’s radio program on Monday to discuss his campaign for governor in Massachusetts but, of course, most of the interview revolved around Fischer’s and Lively’s mutual battle against the “homosexual agenda.”

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Mass. gubernatorial forum to focus on LGBT issues

Monday, March 17, 2014
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BOSTON -- Candidates for governor in Massachusetts will participate in a forum to discuss issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and progressive policies.

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St. Patrick’s Day parades proceed amid tension over exclusion of gays

Monday, March 17, 2014
Michael Dwyer, APA group standing for diversity marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014.
NEW YORK -- A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations was culminating Monday in New York, where Guinness beer and the city's new mayor planned to sit out the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage.

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Mayor skips Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade over exclusion of gay vets

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Martin Walsh
BOSTON — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is skipping the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday because organizers are excluding a group of gay veterans.

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Mass. AG backing gay couple in lawsuit against Catholic Church

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Martha Coakley
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a court brief Thursday in support of a married, same-sex couple who sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester for allegedly refusing to sell them a Northbridge mansion because church officials were concerned they would host gay weddings at the site.

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