Massachusetts transgender rights will remain protected after the Question 3 ballot initiative passed last night.
Question 3 prohibits discrimination in public accommodations such as restrooms on the basis of gender identity, race or sex.
"Voters here in Massachusetts have sent a powerful, unmistakable message that this is a state that values, welcomes, and honors transgender people,” said Mason Dunn, “Yes on 3” campaign co-chairman.
A “no” vote would have stripped gender protections which would have undone the transgender rights law passed in 2016.
The “Yes on 3” campaign, led by Freedom for All Massachusetts earned over $5 million in campaign contributions while the “No on 3” campaign brought in just over $650,000 in contributions.
Supporters of the ballot measure pointed to necessary protections for the transgender people who have previously experienced harassment.
The opposition argued that the anti-discrimination law could negatively impact the safety of women and children in public areas with open access to bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms.
“When Massachusetts leads on equality, the nation watches — and often, it follows,” said Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts after last night’s victory.