There is a reason that Katherine Patrick, the Governor’s out and proud lesbian daughter, has proudly endorsed Mike Lake in the race for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.
It is simple: Mike Lake is the candidate who consistently stands for our rights.
When Massachusetts made history in 2004 as the first state to have marriage equality, Mike stood next to Sonia Chang-Diaz at the State House wearing a shirt that read “Straight but not narrow.” Mike Lake’s commitment to issues concerning the LGBT community exemplifies the leadership he will bring as our next Lieutenant Governor.
Mike has also been endorsed by Governor’s Councillor Eileen Duff, the highest ranking LGBT official in Massachusetts. “When it mattered, Mike was at the State House supporting marriage equality, and we need friends who are as dedicated to our rights as Mike continues to be,” Duff says.
Katherine Patrick is clear on where Mike stands: “Mike is dedicated to upholding Massachusetts’ standards of equality and progressive social policy,” she said. “When the LGBT community was in need, Mike was at the State House standing with us to fight for our rights and his strong support made him a valued ally.”
Straight allies like Mike stood up when it wasn’t popular against those who worked to obstruct our fight for marriage equality.
For example, when Mike’s opponent Steve Kerrigan worked for Attorney General Tom Reilly, who was actively opposing the issuance of marriage licenses, Mike continued to adamantly stand with the community while Steve Kerrigan remained silent. The community must now choose between an ally who was there when we needed him, or a member of the LGBT community who wasn’t.
And Mike understands that marriage equality did not bring full social justice to the LGBT community. He will continue to actively fight for equality by supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and equal access to public accommodations for transgender people. Mike said: “The fight’s not over– additional work needs to be done to address LGBT teen suicide rates, youth homelessness and increased sensitivity for LGBT couples living in assisted care facilities. As an ally to the community, I promise to make these concerns a priority of our government.”
Mike is an active ally to our community. That is why leaders like Eileen Duff, Katherine Patrick, and our LGBT community supports Mike Lake’s campaign to be our next Lieutenant Governor.
Fred Rich LaRiccia Terry McGinty
Senior Advisor Speechwriter
Mike Lake for Lt. Governor Campaign
(Note: Fred Rich LaRiccia and Terry McGinty are longtime LGBT activists and members of Bay State Stonewall Democrats.)