Skip to comments.Massachusetts’ Republican gov. signs transgender bathroom bill
Posted on 07/09/2016 5:39:18 AM PDT by Petrosius
BOSTON, July 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) The Republican governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, has signed a law that would allow members of one biological sex to use the showers, restrooms, and other private facilities of the opposite sex.
The law, which goes into effect on October 1, adds the phrase gender identity to state anti-discrimination laws, placing sexual identity on par with immutable characteristics such as race and sex.
It would require any public accommodation...without limitation to open formerly sex-segregated facilities to members of the opposite biological sex.
In June, lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have barred sex offenders from entering the opposite sex's showers and private facilities. The current version of the bill allows the state to take action against anyone who exploits the law for an improper purpose.
That's not enough, said Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute. The definition of gender identity used by the bill, is extremely broad and ripe for abuse. It would even allow a registered sex offender to use the law to gain access to the locker room or showers of the opposite sex. The people of Massachusetts deserve better from their government, he said. What is equally disturbing is that, under this new law, parents will face criminal prosecution for trying to protect their children, and business owners could be fined or even jailed just for putting up a sign deemed offensive to transgender activists.
The state House of Representatives approved the final language of the bill on Thursday, 117-36, while the state Senate backed the bill by voice vote.
The signature makes Massachusetts the 19th state to enact state civil rights or non-discrimination laws that include gender identity.
After the signing on Friday, Gov. Baker tweeted:
No one should be discriminated against b/c of their gender identity; this compromise extends add'l protections to our transgender residents.
No one should be discriminated against b/c of their gender identity; this compromise extends add'l protections to our transgender residents.— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) July 8, 2016
Governor Baker has joined the growing list of fair-minded Republicans who are standing up for equality, said Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT activist group. He also thanked a series of Democrats by name, including U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
But the bill's opponents said the bil harms the vast majority of state residents. This bill would take away the rights for more than 99 percent of the population the basic right to privacy in bathrooms and locker rooms, said state Rep. Marc Lombardo, a Republican.
Beckwith added on Friday afternoon that he was extremely disappointed that Gov. Baker has broken his original campaign promise to veto this bill. Baker, a supporter of abortion-on-demand, gave in to a radical and aggressive agenda of sexual expression and a denial of basic biological truth, according to Beckwith
Anatomy matters, Beckwith said. Requiring girls to share a locker room with anatomical boys is a bad idea, regardless of how those boys sexually identify or express themselves.
Rattlesnake-lover Charlie Baker
is reported to picture, and want, children
in his care rutting like garter snakes.
This should do that to every elementary school,
now filled with Quartered narco-
and Islamoterrorists (usually about 27 years old
and very highly tatooed) forced in by Obola,
in convoys of police-led school buses
under dark in secret.
Charlie Baker is NOT a republican, he’s a dem. He “claims” to be a republican, he lied.
Sigh, the problems caused by governments pretending: Slavery, holocaust, abortion, gay “marriage”...
We would assume, then, that this includes the incorporated churches in Massachusetts.
All of this to promote perversion.
A Welcome sign for rapists, voyeurists with video, and girls and women can say goodbye to safe rest rooms.
Those Republicans really rise to the challenge, don’t they?
The state House of Representatives approved the final language of the bill on Thursday, 117-36.
Wow who knew Massachusetts has 117 tranny’s in office.
America seems bound and determined to become a kingdom of perversion, depravity and evil.
Where are your civil rights...
Jeff Kuhner was all over this story a month or two back...
Regardless of party, they’re all Massholes.
Check his computer for child porn. I’m not kidding. Anyone who is that depraved.
When will this crap stop? It’s way out of whack. Doesn’t even make sense.
This is just a total disgrace.
Might as well put racial identity in there too and cover the cost of tanning beds.
A few short years ago these people were considered perverts. Now they have special rights. The politicians promoting this perversion should first test open bathroom policies where their children attend school. See how their kids like it. Have to explain to first graders why that boy with a penis is in the girls bathroom.
Fundamental transformation is fundamental destruction.
Who needs Democrats with “Republicans” like this?
“A Welcome sign for rapists, voyeurists with video, and girls and women can say goodbye to safe rest rooms.”
True, but it would be a mistake to think that the boys (especially under 16 yo) are not vulnerable to the this as well. Don’t think that boys are immune.
American women are not the ‘keepers of morality’ they may have been a couple of generations ago, and have demonstrated they are quite capable of ruining a boys life as a man is of ruining a girl’s life.
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