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State

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    Unknown
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    ✔ Legal
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✔ Banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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History

Homosexual activity in Massachusetts

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Homosexual activity in Massachusetts is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 26, 2003
Legal
US Supreme Court ruling issued in Lawrence v. Texas struck down all sodomy laws on the basis of privacy and liberty. The decision overturned any laws remaining in all US states which prohibited acts of sodomy.
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Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts

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Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts is legal.

Current status
Since May 17, 2004
Legal
In 2004, Massachusetts became the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Massachusetts

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Massachusetts is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Right to change legal gender in Massachusetts

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Right to change legal gender in Massachusetts is legal, surgery not required.

Current status
Legal, surgery not required
under movement advancement project
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Massachusetts

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Massachusetts is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in Massachusetts

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LGBT discrimination in Massachusetts is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
People are protected from discrimination based upon both sexual orientation and gender identification.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Massachusetts

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LGBT employment discrimination in Massachusetts is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since 2012
Sexual orientation and gender identity
State law provides for protections against employment discrimination in regards to both sexual orientation and gender identification.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Massachusetts

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LGBT housing discrimination in Massachusetts is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Sexual orientation and gender identity
This state explicitly bans housing discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identification.

Additionally, the Human Rights Campaign states, "The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires grantees and participants of HUD programs to comply with local and state non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
HUD also prohibits inquiries regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of a prospective tenant or applicant for assisted housing in every state (March 2012)."
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Same-sex adoption in Massachusetts

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Same-sex adoption in Massachusetts is legal.

Current status
Since 1993
Legal
Any person of "full age" may adopt, and second-parent adoption is also legal.
Sources:
www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/massachusetts
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Massachusetts

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Massachusetts is legal.

Current status
Since Sep 20, 2011
Legal
Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Massachusetts

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Blood donations by MSMs in Massachusetts is banned (indefinite deferral).

Current status
Since 1983
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Ban on blood donations from MSMs applies to any man who has had sex, even once, with another man on or after January 1, 1977.
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Conversion therapy in Massachusetts

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Conversion therapy in Massachusetts is banned.

Current status
Since Apr 8, 2019
Banned
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed HR 140, a bill that bans gay conversion therapy on minors, into law on April 8, 2019.
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Until Apr 8, 2019
Ambiguous
Conversion Therapy is currently legal. No law currently bans it, despite organizations such as the American Psychological Association denouncing it. Though it's not actually ambiguous (It is in fact legal), this is the best indicator of the available options.
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Equal age of consent in Massachusetts

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Equal age of consent in Massachusetts is equal.

Current status
Equal
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