Menu

News and Press

MassEquality Endorses Ed Markey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Andrew Zucker: 617-398-0428; Giselle Barry: 781-960-5338

Markey recognized for leadership on equality and LGBT issues

Charlestown, Massachusetts – Today, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Malden) received an endorsement for his commitment to LGBTQ issues from the leading statewide grassroots organization, MassEquality. The group represents residents from across the state on a wide variety of issues that ensure the LGBTQ community continues to receive important protections. Time and again, Ed has stood up for equal treatment for those in same-sex partnerships. He co-sponsored legislation that would change the tax code to allow domestic partners to qualify for employer-provided insurance. And Ed supported a bill that would provide spousal health care, retirement and other benefits to all federal civilian employees with qualifying same-sex domestic partners. Ed also co-sponsored legislation to unite American families by providing same-sex partners of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the same immigration benefits as different-sex spouses currently enjoy.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of MassEquality and its transformational movement of inclusion and nondiscrimination,” said Markey. “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. I voted against DOMA and have urged President Obama to prevent discrimination by federal contractors. I will bring this fight for equal rights and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people to the U.S. Senate.”

###

Read MassEquality’s endorsement of Ed Markey below:

 

MassEquality Announces Endorsements of Ed Markey for US Senate

March 14, 2013—Today, MassEquality announces its endorsement of Congressman Ed Markey for US Senate.

“Congressman Markey is one of the few sitting members of Congress who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. He is a consistent co-sponsor of nearly a dozen legislative measures advancing LGBTQ equality, from anti-bullying measures to transgender-inclusive employment protections to 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 community in the Democratic primary for the special election for the US Senate seat,” said MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of MassEquality and its transformational movement of inclusion and nondiscrimination. 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. I voted against DOMA and have urged President Obama to prevent discrimination by federal contractors. I will bring this fight for equal rights and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people to the U.S. Senate.”

If Congressman Markey is successful in his bid to become the next junior senator from Massachusetts, a special election will be held to fill the Fifth Congressional District seat.

###