An organization known as "Keep MA Safe" is urging voters in Massachusetts to repeal a 2016 law allowing anyone – even a convicted sex offender – to claim any gender, regardless of anatomy, and use the bathroom or locker room facility based on the claimed gender.
The question on the ballot is as follows:
"Do you approve of a law summarized below, which was approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate on July 7, 2016?"
Because of the way the ballot question is worded, Keep MA Safe is urging people to vote "No." According to the group, women and children have a right to privacy – and the law, it says, puts them at risk of sexual predators who take advantage of the law. Keep MA Safe adds that, to make matters worse, people who see something suspicious and say something to authorities could be the one arrested and fined up to $50,000. (See earlier story)
Wednesday, Keep MA Safe launched its second ad for the "No on 3" campaign. It features Gina, a Massachusetts mother of three who will be voting "No" on ballot Question 3 in November to protect her daughter and the safety of all women, children, and vulnerable minorities in Massachusetts.
The video shows Gina describing the experience of her young daughter, who had to change in the girl's locker room in the presence of a boy. The video describes how the current Bathroom, Locker Room & Shower Law "allows men into women's spaces."
Gina emphasizes: "Our children deserve the right to privacy. They deserve to be able to feel comfortable. They should be able to change and not feel like their privacy is being invaded. They deserve that."
The ad also describes the penalties for noncompliance with the law, by stating that if a woman tries to speak up to protect herself "she would face fines or even jail."
The first ad for the "No on 3" campaign shows a young woman entering a bathroom and changing room where, unbeknownst to her, a sinister-looking man is waiting and watching from inside a bathroom stall.