Transgender citizens of Massachusetts now can use bathroom facilities according to their gender identity in all public venues across the state. Opponents of the bill collected over 30,000 signatures in an attempt to stop the law from passing. They argued it could put women and children at risk by allowing male sexual predators to claim gender identity as a pretence for entering bathrooms or locker rooms. The repeal effort will not stop the law from going into effect for the time being. However, the law could be placed on a ballot in 2018.
Freedom Massachusetts fought for years to get the bill passed. They described the effort to prevent the law being passed as “harmful” but predict voters will keep the law if it reaches the ballot in two years time. We will not know until the signature verification process is complete whether this attempt to strip our Commonwealth’s transgender young people, adults and families of basic nondiscrimination protections has qualified for the 2018 ballot,” the group’s co-chairs, Kasey Suffredini and Mason Dunn, said in statement. “What we do know is that this Saturday these critical protections go into effect statewide, ensuring that all Massachusetts residents will finally be free of discrimination in public places like restaurants and hospitals.”