Martha Coakley (D-Mass., U.S. Senate)
It is NOW/PAC's pleasure to endorse Martha Coakley for US Senate from Massachusetts in the special election. She is the only woman running against three men in the democratic primary for the special election. The Primary is Dec. 8, 2009 and the General Election is Jan. 19, 2010.
Coakley is currently the Attorney General, and in her political career has demonstrated commitment and leadership on NOW's issues. Here are just a few of the highlights of her support:
- As Attorney General, Coakley 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.
- Coakley has 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.
- Coakley has been a steadfast champion of the right to choose and as Middlesex District Attorney and Attorney General, Martha successfully advocated for and defended legislation to create and expand buffer zones around reproductive health care facilities.
- Coakley is the only Attorney General in the country to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and pledges to continue the fight to repeal DOMA in Washington.
- Coakley has fought and is committed to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to housing, education, health care, and employment opportunities.
- Coakley aggressively prosecuted individuals who committed hate crimes.
For more information visit her campaign website.
NOW Congratulates Massachusetts Primary Winner Martha Coakley,
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