via The Boston Globe:
On Nov. 15, 1989, Governor Michael S. Dukakis signed a bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in housing, employment, credit, and access to restaurants and other businesses.
And while the long, bitter fight over a non-discrimination measure seems hard to imagine today, many of the tactics used by gay rights activists at the time are not dissimilar to those employed by advocates for gay marriage years later.
Back then, gay advocates in Massachusetts wanted to add just two words: “sexual orientation,” to the state law that already prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, or ancestry. Though the bill had been introduced since the early 1970s, it passed for the first time in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1983.