For John, BLUF: I would be interested in your take. Nothing to see here; just move along.
"Controversial transgender bill headed for vote in House, Senate" By Joshua Miller GLOBE STAFF APRIL 29, 2016
A controversial transgender anti-discrimination bill that has long languished on Beacon Hill appears poised to become law after a series of rapid-fire developments at the State House Friday, including the strongest indication yet from Governor Charlie Baker that he would not veto the legislation should it reach his desk.Frankly, I wonder if this is not a tempest in a tea pot. I assume that since Christine Jorgensen transgendered people have been using the bathroom most associated with their current sexual configurations and their dress. Because no one made a point of it, I didn't care. And still don't.
Having said that, there is the question of this is restricted to the bathroom or if it goes, or will go, further, to locker rooms and communal showers. There we might have a problem, as some might be offended to see someone who appears to be of the opposite sex in their shower or locker room, changing. If that becomes permissible then the whole question of differentiation of such facilities by sex becomes ridiculous. If Joe, transitioning to Jane, used the women's shower, why shouldn't his identical twin Jim? To the observer there is no difference, until there is reassignment surgery. And once there is reassignment surgery all we see is Jane.
The question is unanswered in Reporter Miller's article, aside from the mention of concern by Mr Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute regarding locker rooms.
The other thing that leaves one to wonder is that it appears the bill is a skeleton, to be fleshed out later by the Massachusetts Attorney General, Ms Maura Healey, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, which the new House version of the bill would mandate make rules and regulations protecting transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations. That is to say, the legislating process is passes from our elected representatives to some bureaucrats. It is like living in the EU.
I am awaiting further details.
Regards — Cliff