BOSTON (STATE HOUSE) – Challenged to join local sports teams in embracing a transgender rights bill, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday maintained his uncommitted stance on the legislation.
During his monthly appearance on WGBH, Baker also outlined a Corner Office philosophy of avoiding specific demands upon the Legislature.
A caller named Mike from Brookline asked the Republican governor whether he would “be willing to change your position” following the endorsement of the bill Monday by Boston professional sports teams.
The Freedom Massachusetts Coalition announced Monday that the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, and New England Revolution had joined the Boston Red Sox, which endorsed the bill in November.
The bill (H 1577/S 735), which has received the support of Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, would prohibit discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations, and allow transgender people to use the public restroom that matches their gender regardless of anatomical sex.
The governor, who opposed a prior iteration of the bill in 2010, said the “details are important” on whatever might reach his desk.
Baker’s position on the bill is important because lawmakers considering its prospects would need support from two thirds of members in each branch to override a veto, should one be handed down.
Asked whether he would give guidance to lawmakers on the language that would meet his approval, Baker outlined a more hands-off approach to dealing with the House and Senate.
“Rather than dictating from on high, which they hate, and telling them exactly what they should do, which they also hate, my view on this is I should let them work this stuff through and then deal with it when it gets to me, which is what I’m going to do,” Baker said.
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