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The Republican – Gay rights group MassEquality endorses Democrat Ed Markey in Massachusetts U.S. Senate race

The Massachusetts gay rights organization MassEquality will support Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race.

MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini cited Markey’s 1996 vote against the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman for purposes of federal benefits. Suffredini said Markey had co-sponsored nearly a dozen measures relating to gay rights issues, including anti-bullying measures, transgender-inclusive employment protections and support for bi-national same-sex couples. “His record of support goes back decades, spanning his entire career, and he is the clear choice for the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community in the Democratic primary for the special election for the U.S. Senate seat,” she said.

Markey said in a statement that he is honored to receive the endorsement. “I have always supported equality for the LGBTQ community and believe no one should be denied their rights based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” Markey said. “I voted against DOMA and have urged President Obama to prevent discrimination by federal contractors.”