BOSTON, October 12, 2010 —Today, the MassEquality PAC announces its endorsement of Martha Coakley for Attorney General, Steve Grossman for Treasurer, and Suzanne Bump for Auditor.
“The only way we will be successful in advancing equal opportunities for LGBT people from cradle to grave – in schools, in marriage and family life, at work and in retirement – is by electing candidates who understand the importance of working for all citizens of the Commonwealth, including LGBT citizens,” said Kara Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality. “Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman, and Suzanne Bump have each distinguished themselves in their advocacy on behalf of LGBT people and MassEquality is proud to endorse them.”
Attorney General Martha Coakley sued the federal government last year for its unfair treatment of married lesbian and gay couples in Massachusetts and won. Her opponent has said that he does not think the lawsuit is relevant to the duties of a Massachusetts attorney general. Ensuring that all citizens of the Commonwealth have equal access to government-sponsored benefits and protections is a basic function of the Attorney General’s job, and Martha Coakley is the candidate who will support and advance LGBT equality.
Steve Grossman supported LGBT people and the cause of marriage equality long before it became easy to do so. His wife Barbara was a founding board member of MassEquality and was an active member for years. His opponent, as a state representative, voted to take away the rights of same-sex couples to marry and also voted to keep a ban in place prohibiting same-sex couples from out of state from marrying in Massachusetts. It is impossible to understate the importance of having allies of LGBT equality in statewide office, and MassEquality is proud to endorse Steve Grossman for state treasurer.
As a state representative in the late 1980s, Suzanne Bump was one of a handful of lawmakers who went on the record to oppose a dangerous bill that sought to take away the rights of LGBT people to become foster parents. She also backed the 1989 Gay Civil Rights Bill. Her opponent in the auditor’s race, Mary Connaughton, signed a petition that sought to take away the rights of LGBT people to marry in Massachusetts. The choice in this race is clear: Suzanne Bump is someone who, from early in her career, has been very supportive of LGBT people, and MassEquality enthusiastically endorses her candidacy for state auditor.
MassEquality urges voters to support Martha Coakley for Attorney General, Steve Grossman for Treasurer and Suzanne Bump for Auditor on November 2, 2010.