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Freedom Massachusetts Releases Statement in Strong Support of Gov. Baker

Sunday, April 10, 2016

 

Freedom Massachusetts has issued a statement following the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's decision to rescind its plan to honor Governor Charlie Baker at their upcoming gala in Washington, D.C.

The Statement is Below: 

"Governor Baker has shown a commitment to equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in his support of the freedom to marry and his endorsement of a groundbreaking initiative to support businesses owned by LGBT people. He has an opportunity now to cement his legacy by endorsing an urgently needed measure that would ensure full protections for transgender people in public places. He has said he opposes discrimination, and we urge him to make that ideal real for the Commonwealth's transgender community and their families. Discrimination is wrong for any reason and in any form, and it hurts the Commonwealth's ability to do business and maximize its economic productivity. Ensuring explicit protections from discrimination is not about partisan politics; rather, it's about dignity and respect for all people, including transgender men, women, and children." 

Legislation 

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers hosted a briefing with representatives from large and small businesses at the Massachusetts state house regarding implementation of the transgender protections bill. In all, approximately 250 businesses and organizations across Massachusetts, including professional sports teams and the state's teachers' union, stand in support of the legislation. 

North Carolina 

The Governor of North Carolina recently signed into law a measure that made it the first state int he nation to prohibit transgender people from using restrooms and facilities that correspond to their gender. 

The law has received significant national criticism from businesses and elected officials. Earlier this week, PayPal announced that it is canceling  a planned expansion in North Carolina due to the law. The expansion would have brought 400 new jobs and $4 million in investments tot he state. 

 

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