Martha Coakley has been a vocal, game-changing leader on every issue the LGBTQ community has faced over the course of her career – the freedom to marry, transgender equality, hate crimes, school safety and more. The MassEquality PAC is encouraged by democratic and independent gubernatorial fields so rich with strong LGBTQ allies, as it’s a hallmark of how far we have come in Massachusetts. But Martha Coakley is the only candidate that has the combination of forward-looking, innovative and proven leadership that we need in our next Governor in order to ensure that our Commonwealth continues to be a national leader on LGBTQ rights.
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Did you know the following facts about Martha Coakley?
- She has launched a strong grassroots campaign, knocking on 10,000 doors in every region of the Commonwealth, and in April was the first gubernatorial campaign to submit the necessary amount of certified signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to qualify for the ballot. The signatures filed represented 270 cities and towns across Massachusetts, and the campaign expects to turn in several thousand more certified signatures before the June 3 deadline.
- She authored, championed and lobbied successfully for the passage of one of our country’s strongest anti-bullying laws for LGBTQ youth.
- She sued the federal government for marriage equality – the first and only Attorney General in the country to do so – and won, winning the nation’s first court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. Because of that lawsuit, same-sex marriages across the country are now honored by the federal government.