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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Boston, Mass.) - Pride filled the streets of Boston Saturday as the community celebrated equality and acceptance in the Commonwealth.
Sister Eunice X with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence said, "Clearly this is about people coming together to celebrate freedom from prejudice, although we do this as part of the gay community, we actually take this as a sign for people of all walks of life."
Shannon Outlaw with Comicopia said, "Massachusetts was the first one to legalize gay marriage and we have such a great bond here in Massachusetts I feel everybody's accepting."
Participants say a whole lot has changed in terms of equality here in the Bay State in the 40 years since Boston's first Pride parade.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker said, "This is another opportunity to support 40 years of progress in this state as somebody who has personal experience with this issue especially with some of the issues with respect to marriage I thought it was important to be here today."
Baker has been a strong lesbian, gay, and bi-sexual supporter, not only talking proudly about his brother who's a homosexual, but also choosing an openly gay running mate in Lieutenant Governor candidate Richard Tisei.
Tisei said, "I think it has come a long way in 40 years in the fact that I'm able to run for Lt. Governor as an openly gay person, it says an awful lot about first Charlie Baker and secondly where the state's come at this
Further up the parade route, Governor Deval Patrick shook hands and tried to win over supporters.
Patrick has been very supportive of the gay community, as well as his youngest daughter who's openly gay.
The governor said, "Your kids are your kids and you love them no matter what and our daughters are amazing and they have fabulous values, and that's the most important thing."
Saturday he picked up the endorsement of the MassEquality gay rights group.
"We've worked very well with the LGBT community and it's part of a commonwealth-wide community that we're trying to build so it's great," said the governor.
Noticeably absent from the festivities was independent gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill, whose representatives said he had another parade to attend.