Gay Ally Martha Coakley for Senator....
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a fierce LGBT ally has picked up nomination papers to run for the Senate seat vacated by the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. This places one of our state's biggest advocates for LGBT rights & herself somewhat of a national LGBT hero for filing a federal lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, (DOMA) to become the 100th member of the Senate. The primary election for Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat will be held on Dec. 8, with a general election scheduled for Jan, 19, 2010. Updates to Come....:)
Listen to audio interview about Coakley's DOMA lawsuit w/ Arline Isaacson, Co Chair of the Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus: @ OUTTAKE VOICES™
In July 2009, Coakley filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In the lawsuit, Coakley said that DOMA undermined states' efforts to recognize marriages between gay couples. "Our families, our communities & even our economy have seen the many important benefits that have come from recognizing equal marriage rights & frankly, no downside," Coakley said. "However, we have also seen how many of our married residents & their families are being hurt by a discriminatory, unprecedented & unconstitutional law." Coakley has to gather 10,000 signatures in the next five weeks to qualify for the ballot. When it comes to LGBT rights & working
on behalf of LGBT constituents, she's certainly on par with the legacy of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.....:)
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