Opponents of bathroom bill push for repeal referendum

Conservative group says they've collected enough signatures to put issue before to voters in 2018


BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The transgender public accommodations law went into effect this month. The law allows people who identify as transgender to use the public restrooms, locker rooms and changing rooms that match their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.

Opponents are trying to convince voters to repeal the law in 2018. The ultra-conservative Massachusetts Family Institute found out this week that they’ve submitted more than enough signatures to qualify for the 2018 statewide ballot. They’re trying to repeal a controversial state law that bans discrimination against transgender people in public places.

The Massachusetts Family Institute believes the law is a violation of people’s fundamental right to privacy and safety. The advocacy group Freedom Massachusetts said on Thursday that they’re prepared to fight to keep the transgender rights law in place.

Four churches have also filed a federal lawsuit challenging the transgender protections law arguing that it violates the freedom of religion.

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