Charlie Baker on Civil Rights
Include gender identity in public accommodation rules
Governor Charlie Baker today signed compromise legislation, An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination (S. 2407), to extend protections against discrimination for gender identity to any place of public accommodation, with the Massachusetts
Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) adopting regulations or policies to enforce its provisions.
"No one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their gender identity," said Governor Baker. "This compromise legislation extends
additional protections to the Commonwealth's transgender community, and includes language to address the public safety concerns expressed by some by requiring the Attorney General to issue regulations to protect against people abusing the law."
"[This] compromise proposal that assures additional protections from discrimination based on gender identity and provides for guidance from the Attorney General to address issues of public safety that have been raised by some," said Lt. Governor Polito.
Source: Massachusetts voting records: S.735 & S. 2407
, Jul 8, 2016
OpEd: Campaign staff almost all white; others show diversity
Listen to the Massachusetts candidates for governor on the campaign trail and you'll hear calls for inclusion and praise for the state's diversity. Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike speak proudly of their intent to embrace all communities
and aggressively protect civil rights. Yet despite the candidates' campaign rhetoric, their paid staffs do not always reflect the state's cultural tapestry. There are candidates with no black staff members, some without Hispanics on their payroll--at
least one lacks both--and those who have not hired any Asian staff members. Among the large field of candidates, Democrats Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman and independent Evan Falchuk have staffs that best reflect the diversity of the state.
Republican Charlie Baker has a staff that is almost entirely white. Democrats Joe Avellone, Juliette Kayyem, Don Berwick, and independent Jeff McCorm. (Boston Globe)
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p.171-2
, Sep 1, 2014
2010: opposed trans-gendered "bathroom bill"; 2014: it's ok
- "Charlie Baker opposes the 'bathroom bill.' And if it came to his desk, he would veto it." --2010 Baker flier at state GOP convention
- 2010: Declared his opposition to transgender rights legislation, which his campaign labeled "the
bathroom bill"--a derisive moniker favored by social conservatives
- 2014: Says he probably would support the transgender bill as it was signed into law (slightly modified relative to 2010).
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p. 8
, Sep 1, 2014
Supports marriage equality; gay brother is married
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker emphasized what he said are his fiscally conservative, socially moderate stances. Baker said he was pretty much cut from the cloth of former governor William F. Weld. "I'm a pro-choice candidate and
I support marriage equality--my brother is actually gay and married. But I'm a pretty hard-headed guy when it comes to the budget and whether you're getting a bang for your buck," Baker said. (Boston Globe, 7/22/2014)
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p.157
, Sep 1, 2014
Running-mate supports existing law on gay marriage
Social conservative activists are threatening to walk away from Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker after his running mate, former state representative Karyn Polito, reversed her position this week, endorsing gay marriage. The Baker
campaign, looking to placate social conservatives, said that Polito considers same sex unions to be accepted law. But the campaign would not make Polito available to be interviewed about her position.
"Karyn supported civil unions at a time when most
Republicans did not,'' said Baker's campaign spokesman. "Like many, including President Obama, Karyn's position has evolved, and she now supports the existing law and will not work to undo the progress achieved over the last decade."
Baker has struggled to appease social conservatives before. During his 2010 campaign, he faced controversy after choosing Senate minority leader Richard Tisei--a gay, Republican who supports abortion rights--as his running mate.
Source: Boston Globe on 2014 Massachusetts Governor's race
, Dec 6, 2013
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