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Mass. Voters Say “yes” to Question 3

November 7, 2018

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By Alexi Cohan

Boston Herald

BOSTON -- Massachusetts transgender rights will remain protected after Question 3 passed last night by a big margin.

Question 3 prohibits discrimination in public accommodations such as restrooms or locker rooms on the basis of gender identity, race or sex.

A “no” vote would have stripped away gender protections, which would have undone the Massachusetts transgender rights law which was passed in 2016.

The Yes on 3 campaign, led by Freedom for All Massachusetts earned over $5 million in campaign contributions while the No on 3 campaign brought in just over $650,000 in contributions.

Supporters of the ballot measure pointed to necessary protections for the transgender community who have previously experienced harassment in public spaces for using restrooms that did not align with their biological gender.

The opposition, led by the Massachusetts Family Institute argued that the anti-discrimination law could negatively impact the safety of women and children in public areas due to the open access to bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms.

The law requires any place that has separate areas for men and women to allow full use of those areas consistent with a person’s gender identity. The law also prohibits any owner or manager of a public space from using advertising that discriminates on the basis of gender identity.

-- alexi.cohan@bostonherald.com

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