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WOBURN, Mass. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Citizens of Massachusetts have officially begun the petition process to repeal the transgender bathroom law.
The fight is being led by the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), a non-partisan public policy organization focused on strengthening families in Massachusetts. Founded in 1991, the institute speaks out in defense of Judeo-Christian values.
Anticipating that the law would be passed, MFI did not wait to act. Less than a week later, MFI took the initiative and launched a website as the official "Ballot Question Committee" to organize the campaign for signatures. MFI also started a Facebook page. The goal of the website is to help gain the necessary 30,000 signatures to have the repeal placed on the ballot.
Massachusetts' attorney general Maura Healey will first need to sign off on the petition after vetting it for legal accuracy. From there, MFI has 90 days to obtain the necessary number of signatures from citizens.
Church Militant interviewed Andrew Beckwith, president of MFI, who said that "there is a distortion of truth that is at play here," pointing out that members of the state senate dismissed arguments about predators and even concerns of victims from this type of abuse.
When asked why MFI is taking this action, he stated that this law "violates the fundamental rights of privacy" of women and hinders the "safety of vulnerable women and children."
Beckwith made the point that it would be illegal for him, or anyone, to prevent a predator from following a loved one into the bathroom of any public place, even places of worship. This is a crime that is punishable by up to a year in prison.
Since it is too late to have the repeal placed on the upcoming ballot, it would be placed on the 2018 ballot.
Massachusetts' Republican governor Charles Baker signed the transgender bathroom bill into law July 14.
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