Northampton council supporting “Yes” on Question 3 to protect transgender individuals

Hampshire County

The City of Northampton is in support of a ballot question, that would protect transgender individuals. 

It’s Question 3 on the ballot and Northampton is urging voters to vote “Yes.” 

In two weeks, voters will decide whether to repeal a state law that protects transgender people from discrimination in public places.

Question 3 is a Massachusetts veto referendum that will be on the ballot on November 6.

A “No” vote would repeal a 2016 law that prohibits discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of gender identity. A “Yes” vote keeps the existing law in place.

The Northampton City Council voted last week, in support of Question 3, urging residents to vote “Yes”. 

“Places like city hall or restaurant or park or public restroom, public transportation, we want to make sure everyone has equal access to those things,” city councilor Ryan O’Donnell told 22News. “So for me, it’s a civil rights issue. We passed this law in 2016 at the state level. Protect these rights, and I’m going to vote yes on question 3 to preserve those rights.” 

Massachusetts enacted the transgender rights law in 2016, ensuring that individuals could use public restrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identity. The legislation was signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker.

Early voting has already started in Massachusetts. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. 

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