Repeal of new transgender rights law on 2018 ballot

The law allows transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.

BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts voters will be asked if they want to repeal the new law that prevents discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public restrooms.

The Massachusetts Family Institute, said they were told Tuesday they had submitted enough voter signatures to put the recall effort on the 2018 ballot.

The law allows transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. The Legislature approved the bill after years of debate, and Governor Baker signed it into law in July.

Those pushing the repeal say they’re defending the fundamental rights to privacy and safety, particularly for women and children.

This also comes as a conservative Christian organization has filed a federal lawsuit challenging that same law. Alliance Defending Freedom sued Tuesday on behalf of four Massachusetts churches to protect their right to operate their facilities “in a manner that doesn’t violate their core religious beliefs.”

The lawsuit asks the court to suspend enforcement of the law against the churches while their lawsuit proceeds.

Attorney General Maura Healey’s spokeswoman says the office is reviewing the lawsuit, but is proud of the law.