Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Tale Of Two States

It took a long time for the Massachusetts legislature to bring to a vote the public accommodation for gender identity but it is finally coming to a vote.

As I write this I am listening to the debate in the Senate, all the legislators who are talking in favor of the lifts up my heart hearing non-trans people who realize what the right thing to do is.

The amendments offered were not vindictive but they added burden to trans people. The Fifth Amendment was the bill would only apply to trans people who had changed their birth certificate there by banning crossdressers from public accommodations. One other amendment was about locker rooms… you knew that there had to be an amendment about that. The discussion got heated and they cut the audio off.

It took a long time to convince the Republican governor to sign the bill; I don’t what backroom deals were made for him to sign the bill but I would like to think that there wasn’t any, that he just realized that it was the right thing to do.

This bill was not a bill that was rammed through in one day instead it has been debated for years in the public arena, it has been debated the news, it has been debated in public hearings, and now it is being debate on the floor of the Senate.
Mass. Senate Passes Transgender Rights Bill
CBS Boston
May 12, 2016

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill to ban discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations.

The Senate passed the bill with a 33-4 vote Thursday.

“Today the Senate stood up for the transgender people in our state who have suffered discrimination and harassment for far too long without these critical legal protections in place,” Attorney General Maura Healey said in a public statement.
Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith says women will have no protection against being exposed to naked men in locker rooms if the bill passes.
Of course the religious right had to add their lies, and fear.

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