National gay rights group gives high marks to Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — A national gay rights organization gives Massachusetts high marks on a report card grading states on legislation affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign puts Massachusetts in its “Solidifying Equality” category. That’s second-highest on a four-step index measuring states on their legislative success in stamping out workplace discrimination and other anti-LGBT bias.

Seven states and the District of Columbia are in the highest category, “Working Toward Innovative Equality.”

The Human Rights Campaign says Massachusetts is one of 18 states with explicit state-level workplace protections for all LGBT employees.

Carly Burton of MassEquality, a group working to preserve same-sex marriage, says the Bay State needs to do more despite being the first state to provide full marital rights for gay and lesbian couples.

Click here to read the full report and state-by-state grades.

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