After SSM: What Next? In Massachusetts, gender-bending...


In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick just signed an executive order (#506) requiring affirmative action based on "gender identity and expression" within state government, and for everyone who does business with the state of Massachusetts:

Section 4. All programs, activities, and services provided, performed, licensed, chartered, funded, regulated, or contracted for by the state shall be conducted without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, veteran’s status (including Vietnam-era veterans), or background.  Equal opportunity and diversity shall be protected and affirmatively promoted in all state, state-assisted, and state-regulated programs, activities, and services.  Non-compliance shall subject violators to such disciplinary or remedial actions as permitted by law.  This provision applies, but is not limited to, the use and operation of facilities owned, leased, funded or subject to control by the Commonwealth; the sale, lease, rental, financing, construction, or development of housing; state-licensed or chartered health care facilities, educational institutions, and businesses; education, counseling, and training programs; and public schools.