action: maura healey wants your same-sex marriage story [#ma4equality]

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via The Rainbow Times:

What you can do to help

Some questions that could assist people willing to submit their story are:

  • How has marriage equality changed your life?
  • What would it mean for your family to have marriage equality across the country?
  • How have you felt when you’ve visited or moved to states which don’t recognize same-sex marriage?
  • Did you choose not to enroll at a school or take a job because the state doesn’t have marriage equality?

When sharing your stories and ideas use the hashtag ‪#‎MA4Equality. According to Healey, if “we need to reach you directly about your story we will follow up individually.”

commentary: anti-discrimination law marks 25 years

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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.

via @mombian.

review: winning marriage

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via Huffington Post:

Perhaps Solomon’s greatest contribution is portraying the hard work of social change — how victory emerged from a broad-based team effort planned and executed over two decades, in which hundreds of activists, organizers, and families had meeting after meeting and conversation after conversation with countless elected officials, staffers, journalists, and voters across the country. He shows how the victories in Massachusetts and New York, along with a crucial handful of other jurisdictions, established a beachhead for a nationwide campaign that won millions of hearts and minds — including, eventually, the president’s. This gradual, painstaking public education process was mapped out and underway for more than a decade before Griffin had his Rosa Parks moment — though of course Boies and Olson lent the effort their own clout and luster.

news: radio boston talks to incoming attorney general healey

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via Radio Boston:

Maura Healey overwhelmingly won the attorney general’s race, 62 percent to 38 percent on November 4. But the work is not over. As she prepares to become the state’s top lawyer, she will have to focus on a host of issues including controlling health costs and enforcing the state’s casino law.

Listen to the eleven-minute segment at the Radio Boston website.

news: maura healey first openly gay attorney general

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via WBUR:

Healey, a 43-year-old Charlestown Democrat making her first run for public office, had won 63 percent of the vote compared to 37 percent for Miller with 87 percent of the votes counted Tuesday night. Her win will make her the nation’s first openly gay state attorney general.

…During the race, Healey stressed her experience as the chief of the civil rights division in the attorney general’s office, running on an anti-casino platform and saying she’ll use the office to act as the “people’s lawyer,” citing her argument in 2009 against the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court as an example.

commentary: ian paisley (1926-2014) and the ‘save ulster from sodomy!’ campaign

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via Notches: (Re)marks on the History of Sexuality

Opposition to the decriminalisation of male homosexuality appealed to many across the community divide. However, the impetus to maintain gay sex as criminal was provided by the evangelically inspired and highly popular ‘Save Ulster from Sodomy!’ campaign. The ‘Save Ulster from Sodomy!’ campaign was started in the mid-1970s by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and headed by its political and religious leader, Ian Paisley. The DUP started its campaign in response to the formation of the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association (NIGRA) in 1975, and also to its mistrust of the Northern Ireland Office and the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who had the absolute power to make law in Northern Ireland by orders in council. The fear was that decriminalisation of male homosexual acts would be imposed by left-wing Labour Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland, under pressure from gay rights lobbying groups in Great Britain and in Northern Ireland.

read the full essay over at Notches.

news: united nations anniversary of pro-lgbt campaign

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via GLBT News (9/11/2014):

Today, Free & Equal, the United Nations Human Rights Office’s global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, releases “UN Free & Equal: One Billion Rising” a video highlighting the campaign’s impact to date. “In the past year, more than a billion people around the world have been exposed to Free & Equal’s message of equality and acceptance. Millions of them have watched and shared campaign videos and read and posted materials online,” said Charles Radcliffe, Chief of Global Issues at the UN Human Rights Office. “At a time when the rights of LGBT people being challenged in some countries, the campaign has helped to raise awareness of the stigma, discrimination and violence that continues to affect LGBT communities in all parts of the world.”