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Strong statement on civil rights

Ballot Question 3, an Election Day referendum that sought to repeal a 2016 state law guaranteeing the civil rights of LGBTQ residents, impacted only a small group of residents but its outcome would say a lot about all of us. The law mandated that all individuals be treated "consistent with [a] person's gender identity" in restrooms and all other venues of public accommodation. The question, which would have repealed a law protecting a group that is consistently harassed and victimized, was blatantly discriminatory. The Massachusetts electorate, in its reaffirmation of the commonwealth's commitment to civil rights for all, voted "Yes" in favor of keeping the law by a 2-1 ratio. Once again, Bay Staters have done themselves proud in refusing to be conned by those who hid their bias behind specious arguments about supposed restroom safety.

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