Civil Rights

Massachusetts has a proud history of standing up for the rights of women, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community. As AG, Martha stood with the LGBTQ community when she was the first and only Attorney General to file a lawsuit challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a lawsuit that helped shape the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the law once and for all. Martha is proud to have been part of the fight to ensure equal treatment for all, and is proud to have received the endorsement of MassEquality, but knows there is still much work to be done.

“Martha Coakley has been a vocal, game-changing leader on every issue the LGBTQ community has faced over the course of her career.” – Kara Coredini, Executive Director of MassEquality.

We must:

  • Protect the rights of transgender individuals, including continuing to advocate for the right to access places of public accommodation like restaurants and libraries, because too many people still face needless obstacles in their every day lives.
  • Continue bullying prevention programs and increase school accountability, because bullying prevention is key to keeping all of our children healthy and safe.
  • Continue to stand up for the rights of workers and hold employers accountable, because it is wrong for anyone, regardless of gender or legal status, to be exploited or discriminated against by their employer.

Read more about Martha’s plan to continue standing with the LGBTQ community here

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Photo Credit: 2014 Martha Coakley