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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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Sam Adams pulls sponsorship of Boston St. Patrick’s parade for excluding gays

| Friday, March 14, 2014
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BOSTON -- The maker of Sam Adams beer says it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade because organizers exclude gay groups.

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Gay veterans give up on efforts to march in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
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BOSTON -- A gay rights advocacy group says it is ending its efforts to get organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade to allow gay military veterans to march.

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Gay Ethiopian faces persecution, prison if deported from the U.S.

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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BOSTON, Mass. -- Federal immigration officials in Boston are seeking to deport a 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man, where he is likely to be persecuted and imprisoned.

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Gay, Irish, in Boston? The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not for you

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Julien Behal, Press Association (via AP, File)
Let me begin by saying I’m not Irish – something my Irish partner Susan tries daily to not hold against me – and I do not understand the need for all the St. Patrick’s Day tomfoolery. That said, it is beyond my scope of reason to believe that there is not one Irish LGBTQ person in the city of Boston who wouldn’t love to march in their annual parade and celebrate their heritage and their service in the U.S. military...

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Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade organizers bar gay veterans group

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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BOSTON — Boston's mayor is hoping a deal can still be reached to allow a gay group to march in the city's St. Patrick's Day parade, even after organizers said they were deceived by a gay veterans group and ended negotiations.

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Deal held up over gays marching in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

| Monday, March 3, 2014
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BOSTON -- A gay rights advocacy group said Monday that it is pushing for gay people to be allowed to march "openly and honestly" in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade, but an agreement has not been reached with parade organizers.

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Mass. state House passes updates to anti-bullying law

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
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BOSTON -- The Massachusetts House has approved a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law in part by strengthening protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities.

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Boston mayor to boycott St. Patrick’s Day parade if gay groups are excluded

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
Martin Walsh
BOSTON -- Boston's mayor says he will boycott the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade unless gay groups are allowed to participate.

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Mass. appeals inmate’s taxpayer funded gender reassignment surgery

| Friday, January 31, 2014
Michelle Kosilek
BOSTON -- Massachusetts prison officials on Friday said they will appeal a decision that would force them to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate serving a life sentence for murder.

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Federal appeals court upholds sex change for Mass. transgender inmate

| Friday, January 17, 2014
Michelle Kosilek
BOSTON -- A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change operation for a Massachusetts transgender inmate serving a life sentence for murder.

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