State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Civil Rights


Heidi Wellman: Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Comfortable with same-sex marriage"?

A: YES

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Massachusetts Senate candidate Mar 7, 2018

Ayanna Pressley: I support the cause & tactic of NFL players taking a knee

On the topic of the National Football League where players are taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality, there were some notable differences between Rep. Capuano and Councilor Pressley.

While in support of the players' right to protest, Capuano said "I personally think if you're going to raise an issue like that, you should do it in a way that's actually going to bring people in," adding that he thought that particular action "divided America." Capuano, however, said he agreed with the concept of protest, which was started with former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick.

Pressley said she supports both the cause and the tactic, adding "it is necessary that we are disruptive right now and making people feel uncomfortable."

Source: WGBH 89.7 FM Radio on 2018 Massachusetts 7th House race Aug 15, 2018

Ben Downing: Support anti-discrimination laws for transgender people

[On Transgender Rights]: "The Senate did the right thing today," said Senator Downing. "The work we did to guarantee transgender individuals protection from discrimination in terms of employment and housing two sessions ago was finally able to cross the finish line by safeguarding the most basic rights of every person to exist as his or herself peacefully and inclusively within their own communities." This bill builds on the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, filed by Downing in 2011.
Source: 2022 Massachusetts Governor campaign site SenatorDowning.com Oct 6, 2016

Ben Downing: Include gender identity in public accommodation rules

Gov. Baker today signed compromise legislation, "An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination" (S.2407), to extend protections against discrimination for gender identity to any place of public accommodation, with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination adopting regulations or policies to enforce its provisions.

"No one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their gender identity," said Gov. Baker. "This compromise legislation extends additional protections to the Commonwealth's transgender community, and includes language to address the public safety concerns to protect against people abusing the law."

"[This] compromise proposal that assures additional protections from discrimination based on gender identity and addressed issues of public safety that have been raised by some," said Lt. Gov. Polito [in a joint press release with Baker].

Legislative Outcome: S.735 [bill on gender identity prior to compromise bill]: passed House 116-36-

Source: Massachusetts voting records: S.735 & S. 2407 Jul 8, 2016

Beth Lindstrom: Supports state law legalizing same sex marriage

Beth Lindstrom, who was Scott Brown's former campaign manager during his upset 2010 special election victory, appears to be running in third place in the Republican primary. She also has stated that she "supports the law from 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage in the state".
Source: DailyKos.com on 2018 Massachusetts Senate race Jan 28, 2018

Brian Herr: Supports gay marriage as an issue of equal rights

Like many Republicans in Massachusetts, Herr is a fiscal conservative who is liberal on social issues. He supports abortion rights, and he supports gay marriage as an issue of equal rights.
Source: Springfield Republican on 2014 Massachusetts Senate race Jan 30, 2014

Bruce Skarin: I am not just a supporter, but an advocate for gay rights

There are many politicians that have come to support gay rights in recent years, but in most cases "support" is a nebulous concept that is more often used as political cover from both sides of a heated debate. In other words, there is a stark difference between being a supporter of gay rights and being an advocate for gay rights.

I am not just a supporter, but an advocate for the estimated 9 million Americans suffering through the final major civil rights battle our country will ever face. I expect fights for complete equality will continue as they do for gender and racial equality today, but it is time to end this last battle to end legal discrimination. Since the founding of our country, generations past have been on the wrong side of equal rights. We were once wrong on slavery, women's suffrage, racial discrimination, and we are now on the wrong side of history for LGBT rights.

Source: Bruce Skarin on IVN.us blog: 2014 Massachusetts Senate race Feb 21, 2014

Charlie Baker: Running-mate supports existing law on gay marriage

Social conservative activists are threatening to walk away from Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker after his running mate, former state representative Karyn Polito, reversed her position this week, endorsing gay marriage. The Baker campaign, looking to placate social conservatives, said that Polito considers same sex unions to be accepted law. But the campaign would not make Polito available to be interviewed about her position.

"Karyn supported civil unions at a time when most Republicans did not,'' said Baker's campaign spokesman. "Like many, including President Obama, Karyn's position has evolved, and she now supports the existing law and will not work to undo the progress achieved over the last decade."

Baker has struggled to appease social conservatives before. During his 2010 campaign, he faced controversy after choosing Senate minority leader Richard Tisei--a gay, Republican who supports abortion rights--as his running mate.

Source: Boston Globe on 2014 Massachusetts Governor's race Dec 6, 2013

Charlie Baker: Include gender identity in public accommodation rules

Governor Charlie Baker today signed compromise legislation, An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination (S. 2407), to extend protections against discrimination for gender identity to any place of public accommodation, with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) adopting regulations or policies to enforce its provisions.

"No one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their gender identity," said Governor Baker. "This compromise legislation extends additional protections to the Commonwealth's transgender community, and includes language to address the public safety concerns expressed by some by requiring the Attorney General to issue regulations to protect against people abusing the law."

"[This] compromise proposal that assures additional protections from discrimination based on gender identity and provides for guidance from the Attorney General to address issues of public safety that have been raised by some," said Lt. Governor Polito.

Source: Massachusetts voting records: S.735 & S. 2407 Jul 8, 2016

Danielle Allen: State has taken too long where leadership is open to all

Allen is the first Black woman to run for Massachusetts governor as part of a major party. And, if elected, she would be the first Black woman governor in the nation. "I appreciate the weight and importance of this moment but there's also some pain that in the state that was first to abolish enslavement, almost 250 years ago, it has taken this long to reach a place where leadership is open to all," she wrote.
Source: Harvard Crimson on 2022 Massachusetts gubernatorial race Jun 15, 2021

Deval Patrick: Close the racial and ethnic gap in health

Evidence shows that disparities remain in the delivery of health services based on race and ethnic origin. This is unacceptable in Massachusetts. I will implement recommendations developed by public health experts to end inequities in care. Under my leadership, Massachusetts will be the first state to close the racial and ethnic gap in health. 
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.12 Sep 15, 2005

Geoff Diehl: Voted NO on protections by gender identity

Press release from Governor's Office:: Governor Charlie Baker today signed compromise legislation, An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination (S. 2407), to extend protections against discrimination for gender identity to any place of public accommodation. "No one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their gender identity," said Governor Baker. "This compromise legislation extends additional protections to the Commonwealth's transgender community."

Legislative Summary:S.735 amends MGL anti-discrimination laws to include the word "gender identity" for public accommodations.

Legislative Outcome:S.735 [bill on gender identity prior to compromise bill]: Geoff Diehl voted Nay; passed House 116-36-8 on June 1; passed Senate 33-4-1 on May 12; S.2407 signed by Governor, July 8.

Source: Massachusetts voting records: S.735 & S. 2407 May 12, 2016

Geoff Diehl: Supports gay GOP candidate criticized by committee member

Massachusetts Republican State Committee member Deborah Martell wrote in an email that she was "sickened" that a Republican Congressional candidate who is married to a man had adopted kids. Gov. Baker and others called for her to resign from the panel. "First of all, I totally side with the candidate, very nice guy, lovely family, absolutely support his run for Congress," Diehl said. "Secondly, I think the state committeewoman who made the comments was wrong in what she said."
Source: WGBH NPR-Boston on 2022 Massachusetts Gubernatorial race Jul 7, 2021

Jay Gonzalez: Continue Massachusetts leadership like on marriage equality

Jay Gonzalez pledged to lead the Commonwealth with bold vision and concrete action that will make Massachusetts a leader once again. "From the American Revolution to marriage equality, Massachusetts has always been at the forefront of our country's biggest issues," said Gonzalez. "President Trump threatens our values and threatens to take us backward. Now more than ever, we need a Governor who is going to stand up and fight for our values and fight to move us forward. I'll be that Governor."
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Governor campaign website jay4ma.com Mar 11, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Hate and discrimination based on sexual orientation isn't OK

Q: Why are you running for governor?

A: I'm running because I think we need to be aiming much higher than we currently we are. One of the things I love about us, as Americans and Massachusetts people in particular, is that we've always believed that we can overcome big challenges. That sense of optimism and entrepreneurialism and that willingness to work together to make progress. It's who we are. I think, my view of what the governor should be doing--and government--is taking on the big challenges that are holding people back and try to make real progress on them. That's the type of governor I want to be. I also want to be the kind of governor that's making progress and standing up for every person across this state. Making sure it's clear that hate and discrimination aren't OK. And as governor, I'll be fighting for everyone--no matter what color they are or what their sexual orientation is, or whether they're from Marshfield or Springfield.

Source: Wicked Local Marshfield on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Apr 21, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Equal rights for women in workplace

Women must be full and equal participants in our economy with equal career opportunities, equal pay, and workplaces free from discrimination and harassment. Women who work hard every day should earn enough and have the additional support they need to provide for themselves and for their families. Women should be represented in leadership positions in business throughout our economy to ensure their full and fair participation at every level.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Gubernatorial website Jay4MA.com Sep 15, 2017

Jesse Gordon: Address disproportionate minority arrests & drug problems

Q: African-Americans and Latinos are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police. They also comprise well over half of all prisoners, even though African-Americans and Latinos make up approximately one quarter of the total US population. We must change this by demilitarizing our police forces, ban for-profit prisons, turn back from the War on Drugs, eliminate mandatory minimums, and increase investment in programs that help individuals recover from substance abuse and mental health problems.

A: Agree.

Candidate's position on this issue: I support each of those policies individually, or as part of a systemic change. I suggest to ORMA that these topics be separated because these issues are too important for this collective summary.

Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Jul 31, 2017

Jesse Gordon: Shouldn't be legal to deny housing for being transgendered

Q: The United States has made remarkable progress on gay rights in a relatively short amount of time. But there is still much work to be done. In many states, it is still legal to fire someone for being gay. It is legal to deny someone housing for being transgender. That is unacceptable and must change. We must end discrimination in all forms.

A: Agree.

Candidate's position on this issue: I support each of those policies individually, or as part of a systemic change.

Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Jul 31, 2017

Jesse Gordon: For Native Americans, replace paternalism with support

Q: The U.S. must not just honor Native American treaty rights, it must also move away from a relationship of paternalism and control, and toward one of deference and support. That means supporting tribal sovereignty, honoring the treaties and federal statutes, improving housing and education, as well as by protecting sacred places and Native American cultures.

A: Agree.

Candidate's position on this issue: I support each of those policies individually, or as part of a systemic change.

Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Jul 31, 2017

Joe Kennedy III: Kennedy leads task force for transgender equality

Joe Kennedy III was introduced as the leader of a task force devoted to protecting the transgender community.

Kennedy's appointment comes after President Trump's administration rescinded protections that allowed transgender public school students to use the restroom.

"I was disheartened and that was one of the first actions of the attorney general and this administration. It shows a fundamental lack of understanding of the challenges many students of the transgender community face."

Source: The Metrowest Daily News on 2020 Massachusetts Senate race Mar 2, 2017

John Kingston: Most diverse group to ever attend a political kick-off

Kingston spent a chunk of his speech focusing on diversity. "We're joined here by perhaps the most diverse group to ever attend a political kick-off," Kingston said at one point, naming Democrats, independents, and Republicans and ticking off a list of racial backgrounds of those in attendance. "And people representing all faiths or no faith at all. You see--It's in my DNA to bring people together. It's what I've done my entire adult life."

Kingston's six-minute kickoff video begins with photos showing his working-class upbringing and his family of four children. The video also focuses on Kingston's multicultural experience.

Others who spoke ahead of Kingston included the Reverend Ray Hammond, pastor of Jamaica Plain's Bethel A.M.E. Church. Kingston in a campaign video is seen recalling his time as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, where he joined the local chapter of Martin Luther King Jr.'s fraternity and was the first white student to join the gospel choir.

Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial campaign site JohnKingston.com Mar 31, 2018

Karyn Polito: Voted YES on defining marriage as one man and one woman

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part I: Families & Children:Domestic Partnership. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted YES].

Vote on a proposed Constitutional amendment: "It being the public policy of the Commonwealth to protect the unique relationship of marriage, only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Massachusetts. This article is self-executing, but the General Court may enact laws... establishing civil unions."

Relevant platform section:Part I: Families & Children: Domestic Partnership: "We oppose actions that would define marriage solely as a relationship between a man and a woman, and that would ban the recognition of any other relationship as marriage or its legal equivalent. We oppose efforts that would ban the provision of any benefits to gay and lesbian families that are now granted exclusively to married couples."

Source citation: Constitutional Amendment ; vote number 522

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Feb 11, 2004

Karyn Polito: Supported $900K for disability & mentoring aid

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:Persons with Disabilities. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's reduction of a Budget Line Item which cut: $99,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts; $304,000 for Work, Inc. and $500,000 for Best Buddies Massachusetts [two programs for job training of people with disabilities].

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Persons with Disabilities: "We believe state assistance should be made more readily available for community-based care, and should not be inappropriately biased toward institutional settings."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 254

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 10, 2003

Karyn Polito: Opposed "Turning 22" mental disability program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part III: Health Care:Mental Health. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated state funding for the "Turning 22" program, which provides residential and treatment services for severely disabled individuals (who are mandated to exit other state programs after age 21). "Turning 22" is designed to allow a person to remain where his or her family lives.

Relevant platform section: PART III: HEALTH CARE, ACCESS & CHOICE: Mental Health: "Our Party supports the full implementation of mental health policies which will provide emergence care, family support, and appropriate housing to our citizens with chronic mental health disorders."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 253

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 10, 2003

Karyn Polito: Protections by gender identity for public safety

Governor Charlie Baker today signed compromise legislation, An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination (S. 2407), to extend protections against discrimination for gender identity to any place of public accommodation, with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) adopting regulations or policies to enforce its provisions.

"No one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their gender identity," said Governor Baker. "This compromise legislation extends additional protections to the Commonwealth's transgender community."

"We thank the Legislature for sending us a compromise proposal that assures additional protections from discrimination based on gender identity to Massachusetts' transgender community and provides for guidance from the Attorney General to address issues of public safety that have been raised by some," said Lt. Governor Polito.

Source: Massachusetts voting records: S.735 & S. 2407 Jul 8, 2016

Kevin O`Connor: I don't know what systemic racism means, but racism exists

Asked whether he agreed with Trump that there is not systemic racism in the criminal justice system, O'Connor said, "I don't know what systemic racism means," but noted there's "certainly racism in America" and in the criminal justice system, and touted his stint as the "first diversity and inclusion coordinator of what was then the largest law firm in Boston 20 years ago."
Source: The Boston Herald on 2020 Massachusetts Senate debate Oct 5, 2020

Kevin O`Connor: Racial justice: enforce the lawl problem isn't the police

O'Connor painted Markey as someone who wants to "defund police". O'Connor's answer to resolving racial justice issues is to "enforce the law." He noted that he was the "first diversity and inclusion coordinator of what was then the largest law firm in Boston 20 years ago." O'Connor said cops were not to be blamed, arguing the focus should be on Markey's "failed record in terms of social programs and failed inner city schools."
Source: Springfield Republican on 2020 Massachusetts Senate debate Oct 5, 2020

Lori Trahan: Close the pay gap: give women equal pay for equal work

Work to close the pay gap. It's no secret, women earn less than men across our economy--especially women of color. By placing an emphasis on pay transparency and preventing employers from asking prospective hires about their salary histories, we can help ensure that women are compensated equally for their work.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts 3rd House campaign website LoriTrahan.com Oct 9, 2018

Marty Walsh: Opposed $900K for disability & mentoring aid

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:Persons with Disabilities. [State Rep. Walsh voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's reduction of a Budget Line Item which cut: $99,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts; $304,000 for Work, Inc. and $500,000 for Best Buddies Massachusetts [two programs for job training of people with disabilities].

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Persons with Disabilities: "We believe state assistance should be made more readily available for community-based care, and should not be inappropriately biased toward institutional settings."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 254

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 10, 2003

Marty Walsh: Voted NO on defining marriage as one man and one woman

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part I: Families & Children:Domestic Partnership. [State Rep. Walsh voted NO].

Vote on a proposed Constitutional amendment: "It being the public policy of the Commonwealth to protect the unique relationship of marriage, only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Massachusetts. This article is self-executing, but the General Court may enact laws... establishing civil unions."

Relevant platform section:Part I: Families & Children: Domestic Partnership: "We oppose actions that would define marriage solely as a relationship between a man and a woman, and that would ban the recognition of any other relationship as marriage or its legal equivalent. We oppose efforts that would ban the provision of any benefits to gay and lesbian families that are now granted exclusively to married couples."

Source citation: Constitutional Amendment ; vote number 522

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Feb 11, 2004

Marty Walsh: Opposed $200K reduction to blind job program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:Persons with Disabilities. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which reduced by $200,000 the funding for the Ferguson Industries for the Blind, which employs blind individuals as well as providing them an opportunity for socialization and a chance to mingle with peers, learn daily living skills and gain a feeling of independence.

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Persons with Disabilities: "We reaffirm our support for The Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability, and for efforts to bring the Commonwealth into full ADA compliance. We believe state assistance should be made more readily available for community-based care, and should not be inappropriately biased toward institutional settings."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 25

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 10, 2003

Marty Walsh: Supported "Turning 22" mental disability program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part III: Health Care:Mental Health. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated state funding for the "Turning 22" program, which provides residential and treatment services for severely disabled individuals (who are mandated to exit other state programs after age 21). "Turning 22" is designed to allow a person to remain where his or her family lives.

Relevant platform section: PART III: HEALTH CARE, ACCESS & CHOICE: Mental Health: "Our Party supports the full implementation of mental health policies which will provide emergence care, family support, and appropriate housing to our citizens with chronic mental health disorders."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 253

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 10, 2003

Maura Healey: We put an equity lens on everything that we do

One thing I'm most proud of as attorney general is we put an equity lens on everything that we do. Everything that runs through the office--whether it's consumer work, financial services or the environment, health care--everything is looked at through an equity lens.
Source: WBUR (NPR Radio) on 2022 Massachusetts Gubernatorial race Feb 3, 2022

Maura Healey: Was lead counsel challenging Defense of Marriage Act

Healey served as the lead counsel in Massachusetts v. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. In that case, the commonwealth challenged the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which limited marriage to one man and one woman and was signed into law in 1996. Healey argued that by denying benefits like Social Security to same-sex couples who'd been legally marrying in Massachusetts since 2004, the federal government was encroaching on state authority.
Source: WGBH (NPR Radio) on 2022 Massachusetts Gubernatorial race Feb 3, 2022

Maura Healey: The first openly gay state attorney general in U.S. history

Back in 2014, when she first ran, her primary opponent, Warren Tolman, was a former state legislator and one-time gubernatorial candidate who enjoyed strong support from the Democratic establishment. Healey crushed Tolman, 62% to 38%, buoyed by aggressive retail campaigning [and] enthusiastic support from LGBTQ voters. In the general election, Healey routed Republican John Miller by the exact same margin, becoming the first openly gay state attorney general in U.S. history.
Source: WGBH (NPR Radio) on 2022 Massachusetts Gubernatorial race Feb 3, 2022

Maura Healey: Include health equity as part of Health Care Cost Trends

Maura is focused on addressing the affordability crisis and promoting health equity, while maintaining the highest quality of care. Last year, her office released a robust˙report˙on racial inequity in health with recommendations in key areas to move toward racial justice in health care. As Governor, Maura will build on that vision to ensure we have a system that serves every community. This includes:
Source: 2022 Massachusetts Governor campaign website MauraHealey.com Jun 7, 2022

Maura Healey: End the ban on LGBTQ+ blood donations

Source: 2022 Massachusetts Governor campaign website MauraHealey.com Jun 7, 2022

Michael Capuano: NFL players taking a knee is divisive, but I support protest

On the topic of the National Football League where players are taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality, there were some notable differences between Rep. Capuano and Councilor Pressley.

While in support of the players' right to protest, Capuano said "I personally think if you're going to raise an issue like that, you should do it in a way that's actually going to bring people in," adding that he thought that particular action "divided America." Capuano, however, said he agreed with the concept of protest, which was started with former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick.

Pressley said she supports both the cause and the tactic, adding "it is necessary that we are disruptive right now and making people feel uncomfortable."

Source: WGBH 89.7 FM Radio on 2018 Massachusetts 7th House race Aug 15, 2018

Richard Tisei: Voted NO on defining marriage as one man and one woman

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part I: Families & Children:Domestic Partnership. [State Senator Tisei, a Republican, voted NO].

Vote on a proposed Constitutional amendment: "It being the public policy of the Commonwealth to protect the unique relationship of marriage, only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Massachusetts. This article is self-executing, but the General Court may enact laws... establishing civil unions."

Relevant platform section:Part I: Families & Children: Domestic Partnership: "We oppose actions that would define marriage solely as a relationship between a man and a woman, and that would ban the recognition of any other relationship as marriage or its legal equivalent. We oppose efforts that would ban the provision of any benefits to gay and lesbian families that are now granted exclusively to married couples."

Source citation: Constitutional Amendment ; vote number 522

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Feb 11, 2004

Richard Tisei: Opposed $200K reduction to blind job program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:Persons with Disabilities. [State Senator Tisei, a Republican, voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which reduced by $200,000 the fundi for the Ferguson Industries for the Blind, which employs blind individuals as well as providing them an opportunity for socialization and a chance to mingle with peers, learn daily living skills and gain a feeling of independence.

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Persons with Disabilities: "We reaffirm our support for The Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability, and for efforts to bring the Commonwealth into full ADA compliance. We believe state assistance should be made more readily available for community-based care, and should not be inappropriately biased toward institutional settings."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 25

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2003

Richard Tisei: Supported $900K for disability & mentoring aid

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:Persons with Disabilities. [State Senator Tisei, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's reduction of a Budget Line Item which cut: $99,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts; $304,000 for Work, Inc. and $500,000 for Best Buddies Massachusetts [two programs for job training of people with disabilities].

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Persons with Disabilities: "We believe state assistance should be made more readily available for community-based care, and should not be inappropriately biased toward institutional settings."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 254

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2003

Richard Tisei: Opposed "Turning 22" mental disability program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part III: Health Care:Mental Health. [State Senator Tisei, a Republican, voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated state funding for the "Turning 22" program, which provides residential and treatment services for severely disabled individuals (who are mandated to exit other state programs after age 21). "Turning 22" is designed to allow a person to remain where his or her family lives.

Relevant platform section: PART III: HEALTH CARE, ACCESS & CHOICE: Mental Health: "Our Party supports the full implementation of mental health policies which will provide emergence care, family support, and appropriate housing to our citizens with chronic mental health disorders."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 253

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 10, 2003

Scott Brown: Voted YES on defining marriage as one man and one woman

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part I: Families & Children:Domestic Partnership. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted YES].

Vote on a proposed Constitutional amendment: "It being the public policy of the Commonwealth to protect the unique relationship of marriage, only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Massachusetts. This article is self-executing, but the General Court may enact laws... establishing civil unions."

Relevant platform section:Part I: Families & Children: Domestic Partnership: "We oppose actions that would define marriage solely as a relationship between a man and a woman, and that would ban the recognition of any other relationship as marriage or its legal equivalent. We oppose efforts that would ban the provision of any benefits to gay and lesbian families that are now granted exclusively to married couples."

Source citation: Constitutional Amendment ; vote number 522

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Feb 11, 2004

Scott Brown: Supported $200K reduction to blind job program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:Persons with Disabilities. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which reduced by $200,000 the funding for the Ferguson Industries for the Blind, which employs blind individuals as well as providing them an opportunity for socialization and a chance to mingle with peers, learn daily living skills and gain a feeling of independence.

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Persons with Disabilities: "We reaffirm our support for The Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability, and for efforts to bring the Commonwealth into full ADA compliance. We believe state assistance should be made more readily available for community-based care, and should not be inappropriately biased toward institutional settings."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 251

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 10, 2003

Scott Brown: Supported $900K for disability & mentoring aid

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:Persons with Disabilities. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's reduction of a Budget Line Item which cut: $99,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts; $304,000 for Work, Inc. and $500,000 for Best Buddies Massachusetts [two programs for job training of people with disabilities].

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Persons with Disabilities: "We believe state assistance should be made more readily available for community-based care, and should not be inappropriately biased toward institutional settings."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 254

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 10, 2003

Scott Brown: Opposed "Turning 22" mental disability program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part III: Health Care:Mental Health. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated state funding for the "Turning 22" program, which provides residential and treatment services for severely disabled individuals (who are mandated to exit other state programs after age 21). "Turning 22" is designed to allow a person to remain where his or her family lives.

Relevant platform section: PART III: HEALTH CARE, ACCESS & CHOICE: Mental Health: "Our Party supports the full implementation of mental health policies which will provide emergence care, family support, and appropriate housing to our citizens with chronic mental health disorders."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 253

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 10, 2003

Setti Warren: Transgender military ban makes us less safe

As a third-generation combat veteran, I know that the enemy's bullets and bombs don't care about our differences, and when it comes to defending our people and principles, neither should we. President Trump's attempt to ban transgender Americans from military service will ultimately make our nation less safe by dissuading brave and qualified people from serving in our armed forces. I stand with my transgender brothers and sisters in uniform, today and always.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Gubernatorial website SettiWarren.com Aug 31, 2017

Setti Warren: Make Newton a more hospitable climate for African Americans

On what he learned after having rocks thrown at him as a child in Newton: "One of the things that came out of that incident is that my dad had contacted the mayor--he didn't know the Mayor at all. They ended up working together on making Newton a more hospitable climate for African Americans. One of the stories my parents shared with me before he passed away back in 2010 was what we can do together, how we can actually turn an incident like that around."
Source: WBUR.org on 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race Jun 12, 2017

Setti Warren: Appointed first transgender member of Newton government