While the legislatures in North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma have been living in fear over the idea of trans females using the ladies — as they have done without incident four years — something almost miraculous happened in the Massachusetts Senate the other day.
They passed a transgender rights bill by a vote of 33-4 — the four opposing votes were all from Republicans … go figure.
This new bill protects transgender people in places of public accommodation, including restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
"As a member of the LGBT community it's really big for me. This is a fundamental right." — Stan Rosenberg, Democratic Senate President
But the anti-LGBT forces were incensed ….
"If this legislation is passed, woman and children will have no protections against being ogled by, or exposed to, naked men." — Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith
During the debate, the Massachusetts Family Institute paraded children though the statehouse holding signs that read, "No Bathroom Bill."
The bill now heads to the House, which passed a different version, and then it’s on to the desk of Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican. He has indicated a preference for the House version which includes more restrictions.
A Baker spokesperson says the governor “will carefully review a bill should the legislature act” but that the governor “believes no one should be discriminated against based on gender identity.”
Here’s hoping sanity prevails over fear and this bill becomes law in Massachusetts.
After all, it was Massachusetts that started this whole marriage equality thing back in 2004, so maybe they’ll start a trend towards acceptance and understanding the ability to simply use a bathroom.