Activists move closer to repealing the transgender rights law

The Secretary of State's office will do a final count of the signatures next week

BOSTON (WWLP) – The state’s new transgender anti-discrimination law will be fully implemented this Saturday, October 1. Efforts are currently underway to repeal the controversial policy.

Opponents of the state’s new transgender public accommodations law moved one step closer Wednesday to placing a repeal measure on the 2018 ballot. Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith told 22News they have 33,000 certified signatures from registered voters statewide—surpassing the requirement.

Beckwith believes the state law violates people’s right to privacy. He said, “it’s a direct threat to privacy because it allows men to use women’s bathrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities based on their internal sense of self, regardless of their anatomy.”

The Massachusetts Family Institute is worried that men could abuse the law by pretending to be transgender to harm others.

Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the bill into law quietly in July, after saying no one in Massachusetts should be discriminated against.

Westfield state Representative John Velis voted to expand transgender rights. He told 22News, “My position on the transgender bill has been and continues to be that we voted on it. The governor signed it. It’s time to move on. We’ve got so many more important things out there.”

The Secretary of State’s office will do a final count of the signatures next week. If everything checks out, the question would appear on the 2018 ballot.