A national gay rights organization gives Massachusetts high marks on a report card grading states on legislation affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign puts Massachusetts in its "Solidifying Equality" category. That's second-highest on a four-step index measuring states on their legislative success in stamping out workplace discrimination and other anti-LGBT bias.
Seven states and the District of Columbia are in the highest category, "Working Toward Innovative Equality."
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The Human Rights Campaign says Massachusetts is one of 18 states with explicit state-level workplace protections for all LGBT employees.
Carly Burton of MassEquality, a group working to preserve same-sex marriage, says the Bay State needs to do more despite being the first state to provide full marital rights for gay and lesbian couples.