Tuesday, 04 October 2016 23:09

The Law Preventing Discrimination Based On Gender Comes Into Force In Massachusetts

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A new anti-discrimination law has entered into force in Massachusetts preventing public places to discriminate anyone on the basis of gender.

Indeed, the Republican Governor Charlie Baker has signed into law the bill, which was approved in July and which enables, for example, trans* people to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity.

Opponents are trying to block the law, but this attemp did not prevent its entry into force even if the law could be placed on the ballot in 2018.

"We will not know until the signature verification process is complete whether this attempt to strip our Commonwealth’s transgender young people, adults and families of basic nondiscrimination protections has qualified for the 2018 ballot," Freedom Massachusetts' co-chairs, Kasey Suffredini and Mason Dunn, said in a statement.

"What we do know is that this Saturday these critical protections go into effect statewide, ensuring that all Massachusetts residents will finally be free of discrimination in public places like restaurants and hospitals."

Massachusetts becomes the eighteenth US state to have adopted laws for transgender people.