Voters in Massachusetts will have a say this November on whether the state should keep its controversial bathroom law.
The ballot question asking voters whether to keep or repeal the 2016 law is expected to be the first statewide referendum on "transgender rights." The law is meant to be inclusive and combat discrimination, but organizations such as Keep MA Safe want the bathroom law gone.
"We're working to overturn a law passed by the Massachusetts legislature that allows biological men to use the women's restrooms," says attorney and Keep MA Safe spokeswoman Bridget Fay. "And the law actually even allows sex offenders at all levels to use women's restrooms, and they don't have to have undergone gender transition surgery.
"It is simply a matter of self-identification – and we don't think that law is good for Massachusetts or women and children, so we're working on overturning it."
Another organization concerned about the bathroom law is the Massachusetts Family Institute. In a press release to supporters, MFI president Andrew Beckwith says their vote could be the difference.
"Even The Boston Globe admitted that the fight for privacy and safety in Massachusetts will be close at the ballot," he says.
Beckwith adds that a repeal of transgender rights would send a message to the states that this is just too much. "It's pushed beyond what common sense will allow," he adds.