Maura Healey has won two community endorsements for her bid to become the Attorney General of Massachusetts.
The national Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the national organization which works to elect LGBT leaders to public office, announced its endorsement of Maura Healey for Attorney General of Massachusetts, citing her strong record of leadership in the Attorney General’s office in fighting for LGBT families and as a leader in the nationwide drive for marriage equality.
MassEquality PAC, the political arm of MassEquality also endorsed Healey. “Maura’s extensive record as a leader in the Attorney General’s office and visionary champion for the entire LGBTQ community make her the superior candidate to carry the torch of the Attorney General’s office forward in bringing justice to every corner of our Commonwealth and raising the bar on human rights for the entire nation,” said Kara Coredini, Esq., Executive Director of MassEquality.
Both organizations noted that Healy was the architect of the of the Commonwealth’s landmark challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act and led the winning argument of the nation’s first lawsuit striking it down. She and her team filed briefs in the Supreme Court marriage equality cases that declared DOMA unconstitutional and overturned California’s marriage ban and was instrumental in securing statewide non-discrimination protections in Massachusetts for transgender people in employment, housing, education, credit and hate crimes.
“Maura Healey has a strong record of leadership in the Attorney General’s office, where she fought for LGBT families across Massachusetts,” said Chuck Wolfe president and CEO of the Victory Fund. “We are proud to support Maura in a campaign that could make her the nation’s first openly LGBT Attorney General.”
The endorsement follows announced support from MassEqualityPAC and Northampton District Attorney David Sullivan, who joined a strong and growing grassroots movement for Healey in the race. The Victory Fund is the country’s largest LGBT political action committee and, in 2012, 124 of the PAC’s 180 endorsed candidates won races around the country.
At the Attorney General’s Office, Healey also worked to combat bullying in public schools, to train law enforcement on best practices for preventing hate crimes and to ensure women have access to vital reproductive health services.
If elected, Healey would make history as the first openly gay attorney general in the United States. She lives in Charlestown with her partner.
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