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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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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
BOSTON -- Police in Boston are alerting the LGBT community of an ongoing investigation of several robberies in the area targeting gay men.
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.
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.
BOSTON — Massachusetts Democrats are faulting Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Michael Sullivan on the issue of same-sex marriage even as Sullivan scrambled to say he opposes a federal law that bars benefits for same-sex couples.
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. — The head of a western Massachusetts charter school says a student production of a play that retells the biblical story of Genesis with gay characters will go on as planned despite objections from some who say it's offensive to Christians.