Will Attorney General "Hold It" Healey Protect Your Daughters?

Will Attorney General "Hold It" Healey Protect Your Daughters?

   

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Will Attorney General “Hold It” Healey Protect Your Daughters?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WOBURN — Next week, on September 1, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey is due to release “regulations or guidance” to explain how state law enforcement officials are supposed to prevent sex offenders and predators from using the new transgender bathroom and locker room law for an “improper purpose.”  The legislature refused to put this kind of clarification in the legislation itself and instead opted to delegate it to the AG’s office to draft after the bill became law. 

“This is another case of ‘we’ll have to pass it to see what’s in it,’” Keep MA Safe attorney Andrew Beckwith said.  “The legislature even refused to amend the law to prevent registered sex offenders from claiming a gender identity to get into women’s bathrooms and locker rooms.” 

Opponents of the law also cite its draconian criminal penalties against alleged “discrimination” which could be affected by the AG’s rules.

“If I see a man following my wife or daughter into a bathroom or locker room and attempt to stop him from entering, I could be sentenced to a year in jail,” Beckwith explained.  “Ironically, the AG’s upcoming regulations could actually make this worse by limiting what I or law enforcement officers are even allowed to ask a man claiming to be a woman without getting accused ourselves of ‘discrimination.’”
 
Such a scenario would not be without precedent in Massachusetts.  In 2010, a man who identified as a woman refused to leave the bathroom of a Boston women’s shelter and was forcibly removed by the Boston PD when the shelter complained.  However, the police ultimately had to enter into a legal settlement with the gender-confused man for violating his rights under the municipal transgender policy, which is similar to the new statewide law. 

Beckwith concludes, “I fully anticipate that Healey will continue to prioritize this new right to public sexual expression over common sense rights to privacy and safety for my family.”
 
Opponents of this type of legislation have derisively labeled it as a “bathroom bill,” arguing that enshrining “gender identity” as a legally protected class in public accommodations would lead to such conflicts over the right to privacy in public restrooms, locker rooms and shelters.  During legislative debate on the issue, transgender activists deliberately avoided mentioning bathrooms, and instead used vague and innocuous language about “anti-discrimination,” “civil rights,” and “equality.”  They made claims, since discredited, that gender confused persons could get turned out of restaurants, movie theaters or hospitals if this new legislation were not passed.  Opponents of the bill showed that such scenarios were already being aggressively addressed by the state anti-discrimination commission under existing law and that all the new transgender law would change was access to single-sex spaces like bathrooms.
 
Nevertheless, AG Healey has publicly attacked use of the term “bathroom bill” and told opponents of the law they should just “hold it.” 

“The attorney general has consistently demonstrated disrespect towards families who don’t subscribe to her radical agenda, and her offensive comments are truly unbecoming her office,” commented Chanel Prunier, Chairwoman of the repeal campaign. 

Prunier notes the irony of the AG’s recently updated website succinctly describing the new law as giving “transgender people the right to use restrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identities…”

“Healey seems happy to admit that it really was about bathrooms all along, now that the law has passed,” Prunier said.  

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