Massachusetts House Passes Bill Legally Abolishing Biological Sex
"Gender identity" replaces biological sex under the bill, which will allow residents to use the facilities that matches their "gender identity."
The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 116-36 Wednesday to legally demolish the notion of biological sex in favor of “gender identity.” A similar bill passed the Massachusetts Senate last month. Gov. Charlie Baker has already said he’ll sign the bill.
“The Gender Identity Public Accommodations Bill” (H.4343) provides a three-front advance of transgender “anti-discrimination” laws, reports Conservative Review:
- It replaces the word “sex” with “gender identity” in multiple areas of Massachusetts law.
- The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination must amend rules and policies to comply with this shift from biological sex to “gender identity.”
- It allows people to use the restroom or locker room that matches their gender identity. Or as the bill puts it, “Any public accommodation … shall grant all persons admission to and the full enjoyment of such public accommodation or other entity consistent with the person’s gender identity” (incidentally, making bathrooms sound like amusement parks).
According to Boston.com, the bill does throw a bone to critics and parents concerned that such bathroom bills could be used as cover for predatory men who want to gain access to women’s bathrooms. H.4343 contains a provision that the Attorney General’s office issue guidance for potential legal action against “any person who asserts gender identity for an improper purpose.”
Victory brought eye-popping hyperbole from the bill’s co-sponsor, Rep. Byron Rushing. “We are doing the work the founders of our nation intended for us to do,” said Rushing, “This is a great day for us and we should be very proud.”
“Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them ‘Humankind’ when they were created.” Genesis 5:2
LGBT activists agreed. “This is a historic day for Massachusetts, said the pro-transgender group Freedom Massachusetts, “The wave of legislative activity #TransBillMA has seen in the last two months is the culmination of a decade-long fight to fully protect transgender people from discrimination in the Bay State.”
Nonsense, says one lawmaker who voted against the bill. “This legislation takes rights away from 99.9% of the population,” Rep. James Lyons told Conservative Review. “Every parent that I have spoken with including a parent of a transgender child understands that this bill eliminates long held expectation of privacy and protection for children.”
The issue goes even deeper. As Lyons told the Boston Herald, “The bill allows people on a routine basis to decide if they are male or female. Your anatomy is no longer relevant,” he said, “This has absolutely nothing to do with discrimination; it has everything to do with changing our society and social engineering by those on the left.”
As the debate and vote were taking place, hundreds opposed to the bill, dressed in blue, stood inside and outside the State House chanting “No, no!”
Opponents of the trans bill chant "no, no" outside the House chamber pic.twitter.com/sx9WZl4e2f
— Lauren Dezenski (@LaurenDezenski) June 1, 2016
They also engaged in prayer.
Faith leaders praying in multiple languages for our leaders to protect women and children. #mapoli #NoBathroomBill pic.twitter.com/0ma0ihai3p
— MA Family Institute (@MAFamilyInst) June 1, 2016
The protest and prayer was organized by Massachusetts Family Institute. And they are not giving up the fight. Today, the group is calling on people to phone Gov. Baker’s office to urge him to veto the bill. His Boston office number is: 617-725-4005. His Springfield office is 413-784-1200.