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Massachusetts Governor Promises to Sign Trans Rights Bill

by NBC New England /  / Updated  / Source: New England Cable News
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is now promising to sign a bill banning discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations. Governor Baker said he supports the house bill in its current form.

"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," Baker said in an interview today. "If the House bill were to pass in its current form, yeah, I would sign it."

The House version calls for penalties for people who use gender identity for improper reasons. That bill is scheduled for debate tomorrow. Up until now, the governor has declined to say whether he would sign the legislation.