Martha Coakley on Civil Rights
Despite tremendous progress, there is still much to be done to end discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability.
Martha believes that our differences and diversity make us stronger -- and that our government must ensure equal access to opportunities and fair treatment for all.
As Attorney General, Martha investigated and pursued cases related to housing discrimination, disability rights, fair lending, public accommodation, equal marriage, health care disparities, and hate crimes based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. Throughout her career, Martha has also been a forceful advocate for legislation designed to protect and advance civil rights, and has successfully worked with the Legislature to craft and pass laws that promote equal rights and opportunity.
"Unprovoked, racially motivated attacks like this cannot and will not be tolerated in Massachusetts. These incidents not only affect the victims, but the community as a whole," said Coakley. "Fortunately, the community responded to this incident with a swift and strong message reaffirming its collaborative commitment to securing the civil rights of all its citizens."
"We know the uniquely devastating impact that hate crimes have on victims and communities," said Coakley. "Our office is committed to enforcing the state's civil rights laws to protect residents and visitors to the Commonwealth."
The Attorney General's lawsuit stems from an attack on a gay man in Feb. 2008, where the alleged perpetrator engaged in a physical assault while using anti-gay slurs.
Coakley said, "DOMA affects residents of Massachusetts in very real and very negative ways by depriving access to important economic safety nets and other protections that couples count on when they marry and that help them to take care of one another and their families."
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