State news: ‘Right-wing fringe group’ begins push to repeal transgender ‘bathroom bill’

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Opponents of the transgender public accommodations bill that Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law just over a week ago announced Monday, July 18, they have launched a referendum initiative to repeal the law in 2018.

Led by the Massachusetts Family Institute, which largely organized the opposition to the bill, 21 people on Monday filed a referendum petition with the Secretary of State’s office to initiate the repeal process for 2018. The bill will become law too late for the repeal effort to make it onto the 2017 ballot.


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Massachusetts Family Institute members outside the State House June 1.

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Massachusetts Family Institute members outside the State House June 1.


“Over the next 80 days, more than 32,000 signatures will need to be collected to put the transgender bathroom, locker room and shower law on the ballot in November 2018,” MFI wrote in an email to supporters. “This will be a long process, not only of getting the repeal question on the ballot, but of continuing to raise awareness about the problems that laws like this are causing all over the country.”


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