BOSTON — Four of New England’s professional sports teams on Jan. 11 endorsed a Massachusetts bill that would ban discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations.
The New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins and the New England Revolution back the measure alongside TD Garden, the arena in which the Celtics and Bruins play. The Boston Red Sox previously endorsed the proposal.
“Today’s endorsement is just proof that passing legislation to extend full rights to transgender Bay Staters is an obvious next step for the commonwealth,” said Carly Burton, campaign manager for Freedom Massachusetts, a group that supports the measure, in a statement.
The Boston Globe reported that Massachusetts law already bans discrimination based on gender identity in housing, employment, lending and public education.
Advocates expect the measure will easily pass in the Massachusetts Senate. House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) told the Boston Globe he remains “confident” it will also garner sufficient support in his chamber.
It remains unclear whether Republican Gov. Charlie Baker will sign the measure.