The Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus (MGLPC) has endorsed Martha Coakley for United States Senate. The endorsement required two-thirds majority support among voting membership.
"Martha Coakley is a staunch defender of equality for the GLBT community," said Arline Isaacson, Co-Chair of the MGLPC. "MGLPC is proud to endorse Martha Coakley for the U.S. Senate. We know she will be a champion for civil rights and equality in Washington, just as she has been in Massachusetts."
Martha Coakley is the only Attorney General in the nation to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which unfairly excludes same-sex couples and their families from critically important rights and protections. She has also aggressively prosecuted individuals who commit hate crimes and obtained rulings for victims who were assaulted or harassed based on their sexual orientation. Further, Coakley was an early supporter of legislation providing protections based on gender identity and expression.
"I am proud to have the endorsement of the Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus," said Martha Coakley. "Equality for all under the law is a fundamental principle of our democracy, and I have worked to ensure that this equality extends to everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. I will be a steadfast advocate for the GLBT community in the U.S. Senate."
For thirty-five years, the Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus has worked for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender equal rights before the Massachusetts Legislature.
Coakley became Massachusetts' first female Attorney General in January 2007. Since then, she has established herself as a leader on a variety of issues affecting Massachusetts residents, including addressing the foreclosure crisis that has plagued families in Massachusetts. As part of her Cyber Crime Initiative, Coakley revolutionized the tools available to prosecutors for fighting crime in the 21st century, ensuring that Massachusetts is on the cutting edge of public safety.
Coakley, 56, was raised in North Adams. She is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she was a member of the first class admitted to the college that included female students. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1979. Coakley resides in Medford with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, a retired police Deputy Superintendent.