BOSTON, APRIL 27, 2011 — Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Governor’s Council Hearing On Supreme Judicial Court Nominee Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk:
MassEquality is deeply saddened by the passing of Paul McMahon. Paul and his husband Ralph Hodgdon became iconic symbols of marriage equality in Massachusetts with their handmade sign proclaiming how many years they had been together followed by how many years they had been married. Most recently their sign said, “55 years together, 6 years married.”
BOSTON, APRIL 6, 2011—Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Governor’s Councilor Charles Cipollini’s Remarks in the Fall River Herald about Gov. Deval Patrick’s Supreme Judicial Court Appointments:
BOSTON, APRIL 4, 2011 — Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Gov. Deval Patrick’s nomination of Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk to the Supreme Judicial Court:
“Judge Lenk’s appointment would shatter the glass ceiling in Massachusetts around the appointment of openly LGBT attorneys to the state’s highest court. The bench should reflect the community that it serves. It’s undeniable that the existence of openly LGBT attorneys and judges influences debate on the legal issues that impact our lives.
BOSTON, March 8, 2011—A report released this month by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), an independent, policy think tank focused on LGBT issues, finds that organizations working for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are showing strong signs of financial health and operating efficiency despite a cumulative 20 percent revenue decline from 2008 to 2009.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim of this brutal crime, a transgender woman who was brought to Massachusetts General Hospital in critical condition after the attack. We hope her assailant is swiftly taken into custody and brought to justice.
BOSTON, February 23, 2011—Today the Obama Administration announced that it will no longer defend the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) in federal lawsuits challenging the law. In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder concluded that sexual orientation classifications require heightened judicial scrutiny, and that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional.