A Massachusetts law protecting transgender people is in danger of being repealed

CNN 
by Emanuella Grinberg
November 2, 2018

 

Vanessa Ford wants her daughter to be treated like the rest of the children on the playground, in an arcade or anywhere else 7-year-old Ellie loves to play.

Right now, Massachusetts law forbids anyone in a public place from harassing Ellie or asking her to leave because she is transgender. Ford says she hopes it stays this way — which is why she plans to vote “yes” on a midterm ballot measure that civil rights groups across the country are watching closely.

Question 3 asks voters if they want to keep the law that forbids discrimination based on gender identity in places of public accommodation — any place open to the general public, such as hotels, stores, restaurants, theaters, sports facilities, and hospitals.

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