Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
The Boston Globe and our very own Telegram & Gazette, both owned by the New York Times, weighed in on House Bill 1728: “An Act relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes,” (or as opponents of the bill have started calling it, the “Bathroom Bill”) within two days of each other. There appears to be some disagreement in the family though, as their editorials come to different conclusions.
This was a major talking point at the GOP convention last week, as Christy Mihos promised to veto the bill (written by Republican Lt. Gov candidate Richard Tisei). In response, the Charlie Baker campaign handed out hastily printed fliers to the crowd that said Baker, as Governor, would veto any “bathroom bill” that came to his desk. At a press conference afterward (described by the Globe as “awkward”) Baker reiterated this as Tisei stood next to him. Now, it’s spreading beyond the GOP primary and into the Governor’s race:
In an election that is supposed to be focused on the economy and jobs, the three top candidates for governor are finding social issues stubbornly persistent — including equal rights for transgender people.
The New York Times has yet to cover this with their own editorial or article.