Bill Passes by Huge Margin
by David Badash May 12, 2016 7:19 PM thenewcivilrightsmovement.com
Thursday afternoon the Massachusetts Senate passed a transgender rights bill by a vote of 33-4. All four opposing votes were from Republicans. The bill protects transgender people in places of public accommodation, including restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
“As a member of the LGBT community it’s really big for me,” Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg said, according to the AP. “This is a fundamental right.”
LGBT activists too were pleased.
“My heart breaks with gratitude. I can’t thank you enough,” Lorelei Erisis, a transgender woman from Ayer, told the AP. “I’m a writer and I’m losing words. Thank you so much for standing with us and for protecting us.”
But anti-LGBT forces were angered.
“If this legislation is passed, woman and children will have no protections against being ogled by, or exposed to, naked men,” Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith said. One day earlier his group protested the legislation. That protest included little children holding up signs that read, “No Bathroom Bill.”
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