By Christine Lee for WWLP.com Channel 22 Springfield
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.
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.
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.
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.”