Massachusetts Senate Passes Transgender Rights Bill By Wide Margin
The Massachusetts state Senate on Thursday passed a transgender rights bill that provides non-discrimination protections for trans people in the area of public accommodations, the exact type of non-discrimination protections other states have been pointedly denying to their trans citizens.
Senate Bill 735 passed by a wide margin of 33 to 4 and is expected to pass the House.
Democrats argued the legislation advanced basic civil rights for transgender people, blocking several amendments from Republicans that would have weakened the legislation.
“It is our responsibility to advance these provisions when there is clearly evidence that transgender people can and are being discriminated against,” Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, a Democrat, told BuzzFeed News before the vote.
The bill appears poised to pass the House and reach the governor’s desk.
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo told reporters last week that he likes the bill as passed by a joint judiciary committee, suggesting he is prepared to bring the legislation to a floor vote.