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“Do Ask, Do Tell” Party in Mass. Draws a Crowd

More than 200 people packed the house on Friday, June 4 in Worcester, Massachusetts for the “Do Ask Do Tell” party hosted by the Human Rights Campaign and MassEquality. The evening kicked off the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention; elected officials, delegates, and honored guests celebrated the recent House and Senate Armed Services Committee votes supporting repeal of the discriminatory law “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. Congressmen Barney Frank and Jim McGovern spoke about the personal importance of their historic votes last week for overturning DADT. “To be there and vote on such a historic measure and repeal such a discriminatory policy was so very important to me.” said McGovern.  Frank was even more pointed, “It should have never been there in the first place, and we will seal the deal on overturning this bad law very soon in the Senate.  Everyone has to stay vigilant though, there are certain elements that want to filibuster in the Senate – so don’t stop pushing for repeal.” Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, who also support repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” pledged to keep equal marriage safe in the Commonwealth and to continue their support for the Transgender Civil Rights Bill. Patrick gave an impassioned speech on why LGBT rights were important for all people and pledged “to keep equality safe in the Commonwealth” and sign the Transgender Civil Rights bill “when it gets to my desk.” Guests were welcomed by MassEquality Executive Director Scott Gortikov and MassEquality Political Director DeeDee Edmondson, who screened, for the first time, a web ad calling for the passage of the Transgender Civil Rights Bill, which would add the category "gender identity or expression" to the Commonwealth’s hate crime laws as well as to the employment, housing, credit, public accommodations, and public education non-discrimination laws. Afterward, attendees were asked to sign postcards in support of the law. Gov. Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, along with about 50 others, signed cards in support of the bill.

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