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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Joe Biden

Biden: LGBT advocates ‘are freeing the soul of the American people’

Monday, August 27, 2012
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday credited gay rights advocates for advancing the “civil rights of every straight American." [ Read more → ]
Richard Tisei

Gay Republican poised to upset incumbent congressman

Monday, August 13, 2012
Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican candidate for Congress in Massachusetts, now has an even shot at beating his opponent, incumbent Democratic Rep. John Tierney, according to a new rating of the race by the paper Roll Call. [ Read more → ]
Thomas Menino

Boston mayor backs off Chick-fil-A; ACLU warns politicians to avoid threats

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said he won’t back down from his stance against Chick-fil-A and its anti-marriage equality stance, but acknowledged Thursday he cannot prevent the fast-food chain from opening a new franchise across the street from City Hall. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts court rules Vermont ‘civil union’ equal to marriage in divorce proceeding

Thursday, July 26, 2012
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court -- the state's highest appellate court -- ruling in a case regarding divorce proceedings, said that a civil union in Vermont is “the equivalent of marriage in the Commonwealth.” [ Read more → ]
Martha Coakley

Massachusetts AG joins calls for U.S. Supreme Court to review DOMA

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on Tuesday joined the chorus of individuals calling on the Supreme Court to review the Defense of Marriage Act by filing a legal brief asking justices to take up the lawsuit that she filed against the anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]

Barney Frank weds partner, becomes first U.S. Congressman to enter into same-sex marriage

Sunday, July 8, 2012
BOSTON -- Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Saturday wed his partner of five years, James Ready, becoming the first sitting member of the U.S. Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Justice Department asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear two DOMA challenges

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
In a surprise move, the Obama Administration on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear two challenges relating to the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]

Leaked GOP memo reveals supports for same-sex marriage

Monday, May 21, 2012
A leaked memo urges an about-face for anti-equality Republicans. A civil unions bill dies in Colorado, for now. But access to marriage expands in Rhode Island, and more new surveys confirm the ever-growing public support for equality. [ Read more → ]

In 2006, Romney blasted same-sex marriage as ‘Blow to the Foundation of Civilization’

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Prior to launching his first run for president, Mitt Romney in 2006 addressed an event called “Liberty Sunday” at Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist Church where he spoke alongside anti-gay activists and attacked marriage equality as harmful to children and civilization itself. [ Read more → ]

Hate group speakers draw LGBT protesters at Boston tea party rally

Monday, April 16, 2012
BOSTON -- A Tea Party rally in Boston on Sunday -- featuring guest speakers from two noted anti-gay hate groups -- drew a crowd of counter protesters from LGBT advocacy group Join the Impact Massachusetts and members of the Occupy movement, and led to arrests of at least three people. [ Read more → ]

John Kerry seeks to aid lesbian bi-national couple

Monday, April 9, 2012
The Democratic senior senator from Massachusetts is seeking to aid a married lesbian couple in his state by asking the Department of Homeland Security to take administrative action to ensure the foreign national in the relationship won’t be deported back to Pakistan. [ Read more → ]

LGBT groups shut out from joining in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

Friday, March 16, 2012
BOSTON -- Organizers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that takes place in South Boston have rejected applications submitted by two LGBT advocacy groups to participate in Sunday’s parade. [ Read more → ]

Republican candidates split primary wins on Super Tuesday

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The field of Republican presidential candidates didn’t become any more clear Tuesday night after results were declared for the largest number of contests on a single day during the GOP primary season. [ Read more → ]

University students block Chick-fil-A from student center over anti-gay donations

Friday, March 2, 2012
BOSTON -- Students at Northeastern University have blocked fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant on its Boston campus, citing the chains financial support of anti-gay rights organizations. [ Read more → ]

Embattled sheriff once ran boarding school, lived with male student

Monday, February 27, 2012
PHOENIX -- Embattled Pinal County, Arizona sheriff Paul Babeu -- who came out as gay amid allegations that he threatened to have an ex-boyfriend deported -- once ran a Massachusetts boarding school with a history of physical and sexual abuse, and for a time lived with one of the school's male students. [ Read more → ]

Student journalist attacked over pro-gay marriage editorial

Sunday, February 19, 2012
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- A student journalist at Bridgewater State University was attacked on campus Thursday evening becuase she wrote a pro-gay editorial in the college newspaper that advocated for same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts newspaper mocks Chaz Bono, transgender people

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
A Massachusetts newspaper is catching heat for mocking transgender celebrity Chaz Bono and a new state law prohibiting discrimination against gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Study: Gay men lead happier, healthier lives where gay marriage is legal

Friday, December 16, 2011
Gay men who live in U.S. states where same-sex marriage is legal make fewer doctor visits, have lower healthcare costs, and in general lead happier and healthier lives, according to a new study being published in the American Journal of Public Health. [ Read more → ]

Barney Frank announces his retirement from Congress in 2012

Monday, November 28, 2011
WASHINGTON -- The longest serving openly gay member of Congress won’t seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2012, according to a statement from his office. [ Read more → ]
Deval Patrick

Massachusetts Governor signs transgender equality rights bill

Thursday, November 24, 2011
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed an historic transgender rights bill, giving the state's estimated 33,000 transgender citizens vital protections against discrimination in employment, housing, education, credit and hate crimes law. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts Senate OKs transgender rights bill; Governor promises to sign

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
BOSTON -- The Transgender Equal Rights Bill -- which had passed the Massachusetts House on Tuesday night with a 95-58 vote -- cleared the state’s Senate on Wednesday with Senators approving the measure on a voice vote with no opposition. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts House passes transgender equality rights bill

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
BOSTON -- In a late night session Tuesday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed the Transgender Equal Rights bill without amendment. The approved version added “gender identity” to employment, education, housing, and credit non-discrimination law, as well as to hate crimes law. [ Read more → ]

Silly phony ‘activist’ Michael Brown claims that gays are ‘sexualizing’ children

Thursday, August 18, 2011
In a column in One News Now, an “activist” named Michael Brown reveals the ignorance of the religious right when it comes to the gay community. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts governor knows what it’s like to be different, says ‘It Gets Better’

Monday, August 8, 2011
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has delivered his message to LGBT youth who have bullied and harassed: "I know what it’s like to be different ... You need to know, it gets better." [ Read more → ]
Scott Brown

Sen. Scott Brown at center of controversy over absence from anti-bullying video

Thursday, July 28, 2011
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has come under fire over his refusal to participate in a video for the “It Gets Better Project” that featured all other members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. [ Read more → ]
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