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There's nothing like a victory for equal rights to restore my faith in human courage and basic decency. So I braved the cold in order to show up for Governor Deval Patrick's ceremonial and very public signing of the Transgender Equal Rights Law at the State House this morning.

 

Jan 19, 2012

An ebullient crowd gathered at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. to celebrate Gov. Deval Patrick’s ceremonial signing of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill. 

Jan 19, 2012

 

N, Mass. (WWLP) - Governor Deval Patrick hosted a ceremonial signing Thursday of a civil rights bill that extends protection from discrimination to people based on their gender identity or gender expression. 

Jan 19, 2012

 

Transgender people are celebrating a new state law that prohibits discrimination against them in employment, housing, insurance and credit.

 

Jan 19, 2012
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Jan 11, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has spent a lot of time trying to convince socially conservative voters that he really, really is one of them.

Jan 4, 2012

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Nov. 23 signed into law a bill which will protect transgender individuals from discrimination in education, housing, employment and credit. The bill also modified the state's hate crime laws to protect transgender individuals.

The bill was first introduced in the state legislature in 2007 but has not come up for a vote until this year, according to Kara Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality.

Nov 29, 2011

NEWTON, Mass. — Candidates are lining up to run for Rep. Barney Frank’s U.S. congressional seat. The 71-year-old Newton Democrat plans to finish his term but not seek re-election. Frank will undoubtedly leave a void. The question is how big.

If you ask Frank how Democrats will get on without him, he mentions another famous liberal Democrat.

“You know Franklin Roosevelt died,” Frank told reporters after his Newton news conference Monday. “You know all kinds of people leave and die. It’s a very big ocean, we don’t leave waves.”

Nov 29, 2011

National conservatives lost one of their favorite foils in August 2009 when Senator Edward M. Kennedy succumbed to brain cancer.

Today they lost another constant target, Representative Barney Frank, when the Newton Democrat announced he would not seek reelection next year.

“Barney Bails,” blared the afternoon headline on the Drudge Report, which tilts decidedly to the right.

Author Matt Drudge appended a yellow smiley face, as well as an accompanying piece with a tenuous link to Frank’s announcement: “Happy Days: Dow Surges,” read that headline.

Nov 28, 2011