BOSTON, Mass. — Massachusetts residents voted on Tuesday to retain a state law that allows those who identify as the opposite sex to use the restroom that aligns with their “gender identity.”
67.8 percent of voters approved Question 3, with approximately 2.6 million residents casting their ballot. The question revolves around a non-discrimination ordinance passed in 2016 and signed by Gov. Charlie Baker.
“This law prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in a person’s admission to or treatment in any place of public accommodation. The law requires any such place that has separate areas for males and females (such as restrooms) to allow access to and full use of those areas consistent with a person’s gender identity. The law also prohibits the owner or manager of a place of public accommodation from using advertising or signage that discriminates on the basis of gender identity,” the ballot text read in part.
The law also directs the Commission Against Discrimination to create recommendations on how to carry out the law.
The coalition Keep Massachusetts Safe had sought to present the ballot question as it felt that the ordinance went too far and did not protect the privacy of women and children. The group says it collected more than 50,000 signatures to place the repeal effort on the ballot.
“This law endangers the privacy and safety of women and children in public bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, dressing rooms, and other intimate places, because anyone—regardless of intentions or anatomy—can be there at
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