In Lead-Up to November Vote, Slim Majority of MA Voters Support Keeping Transgender-Inclusive Public Accommodations LawBy Shane Stahl • June 5, 2018 • 4:27 pm
As the November 2018 election approaches, recent polling has found that a slim majority of Massachusetts voters support defending the state’s existing transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections in public accommodations.
A poll conducted by Massachusetts radio station WBUR, Boston’s local NPR station, found that 52% of voters oppose getting rid of the law, and 38% support the repeal.
In a statement, the campaign said: “We can’t take any vote for granted. There’s a long way to go before November, and our opposition won’t hold back in using fear mongering, misinformation and outright lies to drive down support.”
In 2016, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill, known as #TransLawMA, enacting comprehensive statewide nondiscrimination laws covering all LGBTQ people in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the legislature shortly after passage. However, a staunch group of anti-LGBTQ activists began publicly petitioning to repeal the portion of the law that provides protections for transgender people in public accommodations, including hotels, hospitals, and bathrooms. They were able to meet the low threshold of required signatures to place the issue on the 2018 ballot.
Freedom For All Massachusetts, the campaign that originally formed to pass comprehensive protections (of which Freedom For All Americans is a leading and founding member), has now refocused its campaign to work toward defending #TransLawMA. Through voter engagement, regional organizing, and other efforts, the campaign is working to make the case for keeping these protections in place.