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星期六, 7月 09, 2016

AG HEALEY CELEBRATES SIGNING OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS BILL INTO LAW

AG HEALEY CELEBRATES SIGNING OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS BILL INTO LAW

            BOSTON – Following Governor Charlie Baker’s signing of the transgender public accommodations bill, An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination, Attorney General Maura Healey today issued the following statement:

“Today is a huge victory for civil rights and for our transgender friends, family and neighbors. So many people have spent years advocating, educating and fighting for equality, and now these important protections will be extended to everyone. We have transgender children and their parents in particular to thank, for bravely sharing their families’ stories and for persisting in their mission to end discrimination in public places. Today, regardless of gender identity, people have a legal right to be free from discrimination no matter where they go in Massachusetts. I thank the House and Senate for their leadership, the many businesses and individuals who lent their unwavering support and Governor Baker for signing this bill into law.”

BACKGROUND:
AG Healey has worked closely with advocates to garner support for this law. In October, AG Healey testified in support of the legislation and submitted a letter links to PDF file advocating for its passage. In March, the AG’s Office launched the #EveryoneWelcome social media campaign, featuring short video messages from celebrity allies of the transgender community and families from across the state. Dozens of Massachusetts businesses also joined the AG’s Office in a letter urging the Legislature to take a favorable vote on the bill.