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Sat Oct 20, 2018, 08:33 PM

Massachusetts residents to vote on transgender rights

On Nov. 6, Massachusetts will become the first state in the US to hold a statewide referendum on a transgender rights law. If passed, the referendum would repeal a 2016 law protecting transgender people from discrimination.

Setting the stage for the first-ever statewide referendum in the US on a transgender rights law, opponents collected enough signatures to place a repeal question on the Nov. 6 ballot. Transgender rights supporters worry – and opponents of the laws hope –that if the repeal passes in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage and among the most LGBT-friendly, it could unleash a cascade of similar efforts elsewhere.

Repeal backers argue their intention is not to strip protections for transgender people or legalize discrimination. Instead, in what trans rights supporters describe as a familiar but unjustified fear tactic, they say they want to protect women from being harassed or assaulted by criminals falsely claiming to identify as female.

One ad backing repeal depicts a sketchy-looking man entering a women's locker room as a frightened-looking young woman begins to undress. The law, though, already allows for the prosecution of any person "whose assertion of a gender identity is for an improper purpose."

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/1019/Massachusetts-residents-to-vote-on-transgender-rights

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left-of-center2012 Oct 2018 OP
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polmaven Oct 2018 #2
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 01:09 AM

1. what the fuck..... n/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 04:57 PM

2. I believe this is backwards

It is my understanding that a NO vote would repeal the law. All the progressive sites are recommending "YES" on three. I did Google it and that was confirmed for me.

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Response to polmaven (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 05:13 PM

3. Unclear, but ...

I think they are voting to repeal trans rights.
So a YES vote is against trans rights?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 06:19 PM

4. No....

A YES vote will protect trans rights.

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