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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 [...]

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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. 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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