FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2011 file photo, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley speaks to reporters at a news conference in Boston. A battle over the federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Thursday, May 31, 2012, that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional. The ruling came in two lawsuits, one filed by the Boston-based legal group Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the other by Coakley. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
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MassEquality has endorsed Attorney General Martha Coakley for governor, saying she has shown leadership in making Massachusetts more inclusive.

“Martha Coakley has been a vocal, game-changing leader on every issue the LGBTQ community has faced over the course of her career—the freedom to marry, transgender equality, hate crimes, school safety and more,” MassEquality executive director Kara Coredini said in a statement.

Though the governor’s race includes a large field of Democrats and Independents, Coredini said Coakley is “the only candidate that has the combination of forward-looking, innovative and proven leadership that we need in our next Governor” to ensure Massachusetts remains “a national leader on LGBTQ rights.”

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Today, Coakley will join Coredini to tour Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center, a community center that serves those living with HIV and AIDS.

“MassEquality has been a strong partner in positioning Massachusetts at the forefront of promoting equality and opportunity for all members of society, and I am grateful to receive their endorsement,” Coakley said in a statement. “But our work is far from done. I look forward to working with MassEquality as we move forward in tackling the challenges that the LGBTQ community still faces, and move closer to creating a Massachusetts that is free from discrimination and harassment.”