Thursday, January 22, 2015

Historic Gay Attorney General

Maura Healey was sworn in as the 55th Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Wednesday. Carly Burton, Interim Co-Executive Director for MassEquality stated, “This is a historic day in Massachusetts. Besides being the first openly gay attorney general in the nation, Maura brings a wealth of experience, knowledge & skill to this position. The intensity & compassion she will bring to the AG’s office is clearly in evidence as seen with her eagerness to hit the ground running & tackle several different issues, from opioid abuse to protecting our children. We’re looking forward to working with Maura & fighting side-by-side with her.” Attorney General Healey added, "I'm looking forward to working with MassEquality & other partners to continue the fight for civil rights & expanded opportunity. It will take determination & partnership to address discrimination & disparities but MassEquality has always stepped up to take on tough challenges. This year is another opportunity to lead." Healey was the architect of the state's successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which she argued & won twice in federal court before the Supreme Court finally struck it down. Attorney General Healey delivered an aggressive first-term agenda in her inaugural address at historic Faneuil Hall after being sworn in by Chief Justice Ralph Gants. In her address, Healey proposed creating two new divisions within the office to help keep her promise to be the people’s lawyer & to use the resources of the office to better protect at-risk young people.
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