REPEAL the Bathroom Law!
On July 8, 2016, Governor Baker signed into law a bill that eliminates the right to privacy and safety in public restrooms, locker-rooms, showers and changing facilities. We think that’s bad for Massachusetts, particularly for the millions of women and children who are likely to be most affected by it. That is why, as concerned citizens, we are exercising our constitutional right to seek a repeal of this dangerous bathroom, locker-room and shower law.
On July 18th, 21 dedicated and courageous citizens of the Commonwealth filed a repeal initiative with the Secretary of State’s office and the Ballot Question Committee, Keep MA Safe, was formed. The petition was approved by the Attorney General on August 23 which left 45 days to collect the 32,375 certified signatures needed to put the repeal of the Bathroom Law on the November, 2018 statewide ballot. Through a Herculean effort by thousands of volunteers and hundreds of churches across the Commonwealth, Keep MA Safe collected over 50,000 raw signatures, 34,231 of which were certified by the Secretary of State to officially place the repeal on the November 2018 ballot.
We are extremely grateful to the thousands of people who courageously signed the petition, at times in the face of threats and intimidation. As voters began to learn about the full impact of this law, we saw them often move from alarm to action.
We look forward to spending the next two years continuing to raise awareness about the dangers of this law and making sure voters are fully educated on what is at stake. We remain committed to defending the fundamental rights to privacy and safety, particularly for women and children, in our Commonwealth.
What is the Bathroom Law?
The official and misleading name of the Bathroom Law is “An Act relative to gender identity and nondiscrimination” and has been signed into law as Chapter 134 of the Acts of 2016. This bill would add the vague category of “gender identity” to the state ban on discrimination in public accommodations. However, “gender identity” is defined in Massachusetts law as “a gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.”
In other words, the bill relegates a person’s sex to their state-of-mind or a mental choice, instead of basing it in biological reality. Those advocating for this bill do not believe that men are necessarily men and women are necessarily women. Rather, they believe that biology is an inconvenient fact when it comes to matters of identifying one’s sex.
This bill would endanger the privacy and safety of women and children in public bathrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, and other intimate places (such as common showers), opening them to whomever wants to be there at any given time, and also to sexual predators who claim “confusion” about their gender as a cover for their evil intentions. Since the law doesn’t require a protected person to have a legitimate problem with gender confusion, there is no way to distinguish between those people that this bill is designed to help and those who will undoubtedly abuse its existence to prey on the vulnerable.
No law should make whole segments of the population feel unsafe and exploit their privacy and security.
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