Lawmaker says Romney performed same-sex marriages as governor

Jan 4, 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.

Massachusetts passes Transgender Equal Rights Bill

Nov 29, 2011

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.

Frank’s Retirement Leaves Void In Congress

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.”

Right laments, revels in loss of Barney Frank as foil

Nov 28, 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.

Gov. Patrick signs transgender protection bill

Nov 23, 2011

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation Wednesday adding the words “gender identity” to the state’s non-discrimination laws, a bid to prevent discrimination against transgender residents seeking housing, employment, credit or post-secondary education.

The bill also expands the state’s hate crimes statutes to include violence perpetrated against transgender men and women.

Massachusetts (Finally) Moves to Protect Sex Slaves, Transgender People

Nov 17, 2011

While most of the buzz coming out of Beacon Hill has been about State lawmakers and their support of the casino bill, let’s not let that overshadow two very important pieces of legislation also approved this week.

Transgender civil rights bill OK’d

Nov 17, 2011

After six years of lobbying on Beacon Hill, the state’s transgender community yesterday won civil rights protections that have long been extended to other minority groups.

The bill, now on its way to the governor’s desk, will forbid discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, and credit. It will also add gender identification to the state’s hate crimes law.

The bill won final passage amid a rush of lawmaking on the last day before the House and Senate break for winter recess until next year.

Mass. close to passing transgender rights law

Nov 16, 2011

BOSTON – Transgender people would be protected from discrimination in Massachusetts under a bill that is close to becoming law after winning Senate passage Wednesday.

The measure was approved by the state Senate on a voice vote without debate one day after the House passed it 95-58. The legislation still needs routine final votes in both houses before being sent to Gov. Deval Patrick, who supports it.

Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, said the state's estimated 33,000 transgender residents want to be able to live their lives without fear of discrimination.

Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Bill Approved By Legislature

Nov 16, 2011

Massachusetts will become the 16th state to treat transgender citizens as a protected class after legislature passed the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, which not only adds protections to the state's civil rights laws against employment, education, housing and credit discrimination, but also adds gender identity and expression to the state's hate crimes law.