This could be a game-changer.
In a Boston Globe piece published this evening, a spokesperson for Republican Governor Charlie Baker reiterated that he opposes discrimination and added, for the first time, “Governor Baker believes people should use the restroom facility they feel comfortable using.”
But that’s not all. In what the Boston Globe characterized as his “strongest signals yet” that he would not veto legislation fully protecting transgender Bay Staters, the Governor said the transgender people he’s met with are “compelling” and the case for full protections under the law in Massachusetts is “a strong one.”
For months, we’ve been at a stalemate. #TransBillMA has been stalled in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, while House Speaker Robert DeLeo has said he won’t call a vote unless he knows the Governor will sign it or that he has the votes to override.
But here’s the thing: We KNOW we have the votes in both the House and Senate to pass this bill—and Senate President Stan Rosenberg has committed to debating this legislation next month.
So now, as Governor Baker inches his way closer to supporting protections for transgender Bay Staters, there can be no more excuses in the Legislature. There can be no more delays. This bill must be called for a vote now—and transgender Bay Staters must be afforded full protections under the law.
Our campaign co-chair Kasey Suffredini says now the time has come for the Governor and lawmakers to put action to words:
“Governor Baker has taken an important step forward today by announcing that he supports the ability of transgender people to use the restrooms that match who we are. His journey is a testament to the transformative power of meeting transgender people and their families and learning our stories.”
“Governor Baker has said he opposes discrimination, and we hope he’ll make that idea a reality in the lives of his transgender constituents by signing Massachusetts’ transgender protections bill into law when it gets to his desk. We urge the legislature to act quickly to send a bill to his desk. It has been nearly 10 years since these protections were first introduced on Beacon Hill, and transgender people have waited long enough.”
With support from more than 250 businesses, every major professional sports team in New England, the state’s leading law enforcement associations, 16 women’s and victim’s advocacy groups, more than 350 clergy and congregations, the entire MA congressional delegation, the state attorney general, bipartisan leadership in the House and Senate, public endorsements from both the Senate President and the House Speaker, and more—there can be no doubt: Massachusetts is ready to fully protect transgender people under the laws of our Commonwealth.