Gay rights advocates also want the next governor to push for a repeal of a 1913 state law that Governor Mitt Romney used to block residents of states that prohibit gay marriage from marrying in Massachusetts. In March, the Supreme Judicial Court upheld the law as constitutional, a blow to gay rights advocates.
The next governor will have the opportunity to continue, or revoke, an agreement the Romney administration has been seeking with the federal agreement that would allow the State Police to arrest undocumented immigrants who are in Massachusetts illegally.
Romney pledged to not change the state's abortion laws, which some abortion rights advocates interpreted as a sign he supported their position. He has since declared himself an abortion opponent, and the abortion rights advocates now say they want the next governor to speak out on the issue boldly.