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 pastor, target of federal lawsuit, launches campaign for Mass. governor

| Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Scott Lively
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Anti-gay Pastor Scott Lively, the leader of his own Abiding Truth Ministries, and who has dedicated his career and life to combating what he calls the “evil Satan inspired homosexual agenda," announced Monday that he is entering the race for Governor of Massachusetts.

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Openly gay congressional candidate jousts with tea party dad in new ad

| Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Carl Sciortino
BOSTON — Congressional hopeful and Democratic state Rep. Carl Sciortino is playing up his liberal credentials in new ad featuring a light-hearted back-and-forth with his tea party dad, Carl Sciortino, Sr.

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New website features legal info for LGBT, HIV+ youth in New England

| Sunday, September 15, 2013
BOSTON — A Boston-based LGBT legal rights advocacy group has set up a new website to provide helpful information to young people in New England about their legal rights in school, sports, work and the juvenile justice system.

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Baldwin leads 85 lawmakers calling for end to blood donation ban for gay men

| Friday, August 2, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading a group of 85 House and Senate lawmakers criticizing what she's says is the sluggish pace the nation's top health officials have taken at reevaluating blood donation policies for gay men.

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Mass. legislature considers proposed ban on conversion therapy for minors

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013
BOSTON -- A proposed measure to ban controversial gay-to-straight "conversion therapy" on minors in received its first public scrutiny in Massachusetts on Tuesday afternoon in a session of the state legislature’s Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.

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Boston police adopts guidelines on how officers should treat transgender people

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013
BOSTON -- Boston police have issued new guidelines on how officers should treat transgender people, a policy that one department official says is to ensure that everyone is treated with "respect and dignity."

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Jason Collins joins U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Boston gay pride parade

| Saturday, June 8, 2013
BOSTON — NBA veteran Jason Collins marched in Boston's gay pride parade on Saturday with Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III, his onetime roommate at Stanford University.

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Boston police warn of robbers targeting gay men in bars, online hookup sites

| Saturday, June 1, 2013
BOSTON -- Police in Boston are alerting the LGBT community of an ongoing investigation of several robberies in the area targeting gay men.

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Mass. high school awards Prom Queen title to transgender student

WFXT-TV | Wednesday, May 29, 2013
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. -- Cody Tubman, a high school student in Middleborough, Mass., became her school's first transgender prom queen after being selected by her classmates on Tuesday.

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Westboro Baptist Church blames Boston Marathon bombing on ‘fag marriage’

| Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “Gods Hate Fags” and "God hates the World" fundamentalist movement, took to Twitter on Monday evening to blame a bombing attack at the Boston Marathon on the effects of same-sex marriage.

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