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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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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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A decade after Mass. landmark ruling, marriage equality makes gains

Sunday, November 17, 2013
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BOSTON -- In the decade since the highest court in Massachusetts issued its landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, 14 other states and the District of Columbia have legalized it, with Illinois poised to become the 16th in a few days.

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Mass. AG leads coalition of states in court filing to support marriage equality

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Martha Coakley
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says laws in Nevada and Hawaii prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

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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
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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.

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