June 1, 2016 at 11:52 am EDT | by Staff reports
Mass. governor to sign trans rights bill
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Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.) (Photo by the Rappaport Center; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on May 31 said he would sign a bill that would ban discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations.

“We’ve certainly listened to a variety of points of view from many sides and have said, from the beginning, that we don’t want people to be discriminated against,” the Republican told the Boston Globe during an interview. “If the House bill were to pass in its current form, yeah, I would sign it.”

The Massachusetts Senate last month approved Senate Bill 735 — which would expand a 2011 law that prohibits anti-trans discrimination in employment and housing. The Boston Globe reported the measure was expected to pass in the Massachusetts House of Representatives on June 1.

Baker had previously indicated his opposition to anti-trans discrimination. LGBT rights advocates nevertheless criticized him because he did not say whether he would sign SB 735.

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