“Repealing the Bathroom Bill, defunding Planned Parenthood, fighting assisted suicide, and dealing with the state’s new marijuana law are among the issues a pro-family organization is seeking volunteers to help fight for on Beacon Hill.

Massachusetts Family Institute is planning to host training sessions in February in anticipation of lobbying efforts at the State House.

Among the topics to be covered are efforts in the state Legislature to lower the age of consent for abortions from 18 to 16 and negate parental consent for girls seeking abortions; and how local churches can keep marijuana stores out of their town or city.

Founded in 1991, Massachusetts Family Institute is a nonpartisan public policy organization that is dedicated to strengthening the family and affirming Judeo-Christian values.

The Massachusetts Family Institute’s Lobby Day at the State House is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8.

Fifteen regional advocacy training sessions are scheduled at sites in eastern and central Massachusetts during February.

For more information about the pre-Lobby Day training sessions, go to www.mafamily.org/prelobbyday/.”

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The 2 Sides of Neil Gorsuch

Sue O’Connell / NECN/ Thursday, February 02, 2017

Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute, who supports Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, and Janson Wu of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, who opposes him, debate the merits of Neil Gorsuch.”

(CLICK HERE TO WATCH INTERVIEW)

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High School Choir Forced to Cancel Performance at Church in Italy Amid Threat of Lawsuit

“CBS Boston also reported that members of the chamber chorus were upset over the change of schedule, stating that ‘they believe it has nothing to do with religion’ and that ‘they had performed at churches before and no one complained.’

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, is another critic of the school district’s decision. He told CP that his organization had been contact by a concerned parent, but that it was after ‘the school administration had already caved.’

‘While I understand the concern over a potentially lengthy and expensive lawsuit, what message does it send when the school’s leadership refuses to fight for their students’ rights?’ said Beckwith.

‘This is another sad example of common sense being sacrificed to a radical agenda of hostility and intolerance toward expressions of faith in the public square.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Hillbillies ‘R Us

“President Barack Obama addressed the theme of fatherlessness in a speech in 2008 before he was president, saying, ‘We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty…’ Here in the Commonwealth, according to a report by Massachusetts Family Institute, married-couple families had a median annual income in 2013 of more than $114,376, while income for female-headed households with children was more than 75 percent lower at $26,999.

Education is another way to break out of the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Those who drop out of high school, which happens so frequently in the hillbilly culture, have little chance for economic success. And the data unfortunately demonstrates that students from fatherless families in Massachusetts have twice the risk of dropping out of high school as students from married-couple households.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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NECN

Senate Spotlight on Trump’s AG Nominee

Sue O’Connell / NECN/ Tuesday, January 10, 2017

“The case for and against Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. Attorney General. Sue’s guests are Andrew Beckwith of Massachusetts Family Institute and Massachusetts ACLU Racial Justice Director Rahsaan Hall.”

(CLICK HERE TO WATCH INTERVIEW)

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New Boston Post

Massachusetts pastors cheer state’s decision to drop churches from transgender public accommodation list

Evan Lips / NewBostonPost/ Thursday, December 15, 2016

“Pastors from four Massachusetts churches are hailing a recent settlement in a federal case pitting their right to religious freedom against the state’s interpretation of the new transgender public accommodations law, lauding the agreement as a victory.

‘I’m happy to say on Monday of this week the churches moved to dismiss their case because both (Attorney General Maura Healey) and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination revised their controversial guidance to specifically recognize the First Amendment rights of these organizations,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute, in a recent press conference. ‘In short, we accomplished what we set out to do.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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NECN

Massachusetts Attorney General, Churches Compromise on Transgender Guidelines

Desiree Wiley / NECN/ Monday, December 12, 2016

“‘We accomplished what we set out to do. To ensure that pastors and churches are free to teach and operate consistently with their faith,’ said Andrew Beckwith, the president of Massachusetts Family Institute.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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american-clarion

Religious Liberty Victory in Massachusetts

Newswire / American Clarion/ Monday, December 12, 2016

“Four Massachusetts churches and their pastors, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, are voluntarily dismissing their lawsuitagainst commonwealth officials after it prompted them to admit that the First Amendment protects a church’s freedom to operate consistently with its faith even when engaged in community outreach activities—like spaghetti suppers—because they are part of a church’s religious expression. Commonwealth officials revised their official Gender Identity Guidance and website language, which now protects the freedom of churches to express views consistent with their faith and operate their facilities in a manner that doesn’t violate their core religious beliefs.

Philip D. Moran and Andrew Beckwith, two of more than 3,100 private attorneys allied with ADF, were local counsel in the case on behalf of the churches and pastors.”

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cbn

Massachusetts Pastors Challenge State Anti-Discrimination Law

Heather Sells / CBN News/ Thursday, December 08, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, mounted a petition drive this summer to put a repeal measure on the ballot and allow voters to decide whether or not the law should remain. ‘If the First Amendment doesn’t protect the religious freedom of churches,’ he told CBN News, ‘it doesn’t protect any of us.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Enterprise

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Bob Katzen / The Enterprise/ Friday, October 21, 2016

“‘As voters began to learn about the full impact of this law, we saw them often move from alarm to action. We look forward to spending the next two years continuing to raise awareness about the dangers of this law and making sure voters are fully educated on what is at stake.’

Andrew Beckwith of Keep MA Safe, the group that has gathered sufficient signatures to put the law on the 2018 ballot and let voters decide whether to repeal it or not.”
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One News Now2

Liberal state will put liberal law before voters

Charlie Butts, Billy Davis / One News Now/ Wednesday, October 19, 2016

“The Keep Massachusetts Safe Ballot Question Committee learned Oct. 11 it had obtained enough signatures to trigger a referendum.

Andrew Beckwith, who heads the committee, says the public is learning about the obvious danger to women and girls.

‘And they become ready to work against it,’ he says. ‘So we’re looking forward to spending the next two years educating the public on the very real dangers on this bathroom policy as law.’

The committee was required to gather at least 32,375 signatures of registered voters, The Boston Herald reported last month.

The signatures were verified by the Secretary of State to put the issue before voters in November 2018.

The law meant to benefit transgenders is written in such a way, says Beckwith, that it allows sexual predators and voyeurs to abuse it.

‘Because it defines ‘gender identity,’ which is now a new legally protected class’ he warns, ‘that we’re not allowed to ask questions of if we see a man go into a bathroom.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Locker Rooms, Bathrooms Now ‘All Inclusive’

/ BU News Service/ Wednesday, October 19, 2016

“The conservative Massachusetts Family Institute says it has collected nearly 33,000 signatures, more than the 32,375 required to ensure ballot access. The ballot question committee Keep MA Safe said that hundreds of volunteers came forward to collect signatures resisting ‘radical transgender policies.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Daily Free Press

Mass. churches sue over anti-discrimination law

/ The Daily Free Press/ Sunday, October 16, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, an attorney at Alliance Defending Freedom, which prepared the lawsuit, said churches are not public accommodations, and the lawsuit intrudes on the principles of religious freedom in the First Amendment. 

‘The people who come in are not customers, there’s no fee for service, they’re guests, and so it’s much more like a private home in that sense,’ said Beckwith, who is also the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘The lawsuit is again to preserve that freedom for churches to be able to teach their faith and act and operate consistently with their faith within their buildings.'”

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The Sun Chronicle

Heard on Beacon Hill

/ The Sun Chronicle/ Sunday, October 16, 2016

“As voters began to learn about the full impact of this law, we saw them often move from alarm to action. We look forward to spending the next two years continuing to raise awareness about the dangers of this law and making sure voters are fully educated on what is at stake.” –Andrew Beckwith of Keep MA Safe, the group that has gathered sufficient signatures to put the law on the 2018 ballot and let voters decide whether to repeal it or not. (CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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22 News WWLP

Repeal of new transgender rights law on 2018 ballot

/ WWLP/ Wednesday, October 12, 2016

“Massachusetts voters will be asked if they want to repeal the new law that prevents discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public restrooms. The Massachusetts Family Institute, said they were told Tuesday they had submitted enough voter signatures to put the recall effort on the 2018 ballot.”

 

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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NECN

Mass. Transgender Access Bill Challenged

/ NECN/ Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Andrew Beckwith of MA Family Institute re: Alliance Defending Freedom challenge to constitutionality of Massachusetts’ transgender protections law – arguing it infringes on protections for churches and people of faith.”

(CLICK HERE TO WATCH INTERVIEW)

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the-gospel-herald

Churches Sue Over Massachusetts Transgender Bathroom Law that ‘Forces’ Them to ‘Violate Their Beliefs’

/ The Gospel Herald/ Wednesday, October 12, 2016

“The Massachusetts Family Institute, an organization that opposes the transgender bathroom law, conducted a signature campaign to put a repeal question on the November ballot. MFI recently announced on its website that its campaign to repeal the transgender bathroom law has been certified.”

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Voters will get chance to repeal new transgender rights law

/ Associated Press/ Wednesday, October 12, 2016

“Massachusetts voters will be asked if they want to repeal a new law barring discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations. Opponents of the law, led by the Massachusetts Family Institute, said they were told Tuesday they had submitted enough voter signatures to put the recall effort on the 2018 ballot.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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New Boston Post

Lawsuit claims AG Healey, MCAD, illegally forcing churches to comply with public accommodations law

/ NewBostonPost/ Tuesday, October 11, 2016

“The four churches named as plaintiffs include Abundant Life Church in Swansea, Horizon Christian Fellowship in Fitchburg, House of Destiny Ministries in Southbridge and Faith Christian Fellowship in Haverhill. The churches have also filed for a preliminary injunction in an effort to delay any enforcement until after the case is decided.

The new law took effect on Oct. 1 and gives transgender people the right to access same-sex bathrooms and changing rooms according to their gender identity rather than their biological sex at the time of birth. The Massachusetts Family Institute is currently awaiting word from Secretary of State William Galvin as to whether or not it has submitted the required 32,375 signatures in order to secure a 2018 referendum in which voters could overturn the law.”
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seekonk-patch

Swansea Church Sues Over Transgender Law

/ Seekonk Patch/ Tuesday, October 11, 2016

“The law, while widely celebrated, has had its critics. A group called the Massachusetts Family Institute has filed signatures for a ballot referendum that would repeal the law. Read more from the ADF on its lawsuit here.”

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Boston Globe Masthead

Swansea church sues over Massachusetts transgender bathroom law

/ ABC 6/ Tuesday, October 11, 2016

“‘This is bigger than bathrooms,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute and a central player in the lawsuit and the repeal effort. ‘This law is eliminating rights that have existed for as long as this country has been in existence — fundamental rights to privacy, to modesty and safety, now constitutional rights to religious freedom.'”

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Swansea church sues over Massachusetts transgender bathroom law

/ ABC 6/ Tuesday, October 11, 2016

“‘They saw it as a threat, as government overreach into a realm that is held sacred by our founding documents,’ Andrew Beckwith, an attorney representing the Alliance Defending Freedom, told ABC6 News.

The law requires public places to open up restroom doors to people based on their gender identity, not necessarily biological sex.

‘All the way from genesis, through the new testament and Jesus’ teachings tells us that god created us in his image; male and female. So this is a fundamental spiritual truth that is part of that freedom that churches have always possessed in America,’ said Beckwith.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Massachusetts churches file suit to challenge law forcing them to speak, act contrary to their faith

/ Tuesday, October 11, 2016

“Philip D. Moran and Andrew Beckwith, two of nearly 3,100 private attorneys allied with ADF, are local counsel in the case on behalf of the churches.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Taunton Daily Gazette

Swansea church files federal suit challenging Mass. transgender law

/ Taunton Daily Gazette / Tuesday, October 11, 2016

“The Massachusetts Family Institute is leading an effort to repeal the law through a statewide ballot question in 2018. A family institute official told the News Service Tuesday that repeal proponents turned in 38,000 certified signatures before last week’s deadline. An official in Secretary of State William Galvin’s office said 32,375 certified signatures are required and he hoped by the end of the day to be able to announce the office’s official count.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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WBUR

4 Mass. Churches File Federal Lawsuit Over Transgender Accommodations Law

/ WBUR / Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith is a local counsel on the suit.

‘The churches are not businesses, they have a special place under the First Amendment,’ he said. ‘In fact, our Constitution prohibits the government from punishing churches and throwing pastors in jail simply for living consistently with their faith.’

Beckwith says churches should not be forced to violate their core religious beliefs.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Two views on new law regarding gender identity

/ The Sun Chronicle/ Monday, October 10, 2016

“After years of political and social debate, the bill cleared the House on a vote of 117-36. But controversies continue to shadow the effort.

The conservative Massachusetts Family Institute says it has collected nearly 33,000 signatures, more than the 32,375 required to ensure ballot access. The ballot question committee Keep MA Safe said that hundreds of volunteers came forward to collect signatures resisting ‘radical transgender policies.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Sentinel & Enterprise

Two views on new law regarding gender identity

/ Monday, October 10, 2016

“Parents have been particularly alarmed to learn about this law … which would allow men to use the women’s bathroom, locker room, shower or changing facility if they identify as female. There have already been incidents reported here in Massachusetts where women’s privacy and safety in public accommodations were violated.” –Andrew Beckwith of Keep MA Safe, the group that says it has gathered signatures to repeal the transgender law by putting it on the 2018 ballot for voters to decide.

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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One News Now2

Plan advances to derail ‘gender identity’ law

/ OneNewsNow / Friday, October 7, 2016

“Massachusetts’ transgender measure went into effect this past weekend as the campaign continues to erase the law from the books. Andrew Beckwith with the Massachusetts Family Institute tells OneNewsNow a petition drive (KeepMASafe) has garnered more than 32,000 signatures to repeal the law – an amount that’s just over the threshold of needed signatures. But there’s another step.

‘We still have to get all these petitions delivered to the secretary of state’s office and [then] there’ll be a final review process,’ he relates. ‘But we are prayerfully optimistic that we’ll have enough signatures when all the dust settles to be on the ballot in 2018 so the people of Massachusetts can vote to repeal this dangerous and radical bill.’

The law adds the term ‘gender identity’ to the state ban on discrimination in public accommodations – including bathrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, shelters, churches, fitness centers, and nursing homes.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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the-federalist

Massachusetts Law Could Jail Pastors For Using The Wrong Pronouns

Bre Payton / The Federalist / Tuesday, October 4, 2016

“A new Massachusetts law banning sex-segregated bathrooms in public places could soon be used to jail and fine pastors if they use pronouns inconsistent with individuals’ biological sex. … The Massachusetts Family Institute is gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to repeal the law.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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the-gospel-herald

Massachusetts Transgender Rights Law Takes Effect, Prohibiting ‘Discrimination’ of Bathroom Use

Suzette Gutierrez-Cachila / The Gospel Herald Society / Monday, October 3, 2016

“While transgender rights groups are celebrating the anti-discrimination law, the Massachusetts Family Institute will attempt to put a repeal question on the November ballot. MFI has collected more than 32,375 signatures so far, satisfying the number required for a repeal question. …

MFI warned that the new law could put pastors and churches in trouble because places of public accommodation, as specified by Attorney General Maura Healey, include “auditoriums, convention centers, lecture halls, houses of worship and other places of public gathering.”

Gender Identity Guidance, a document released by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, also asserts that a church holding a secular event that is open to the public can be considered as a place of public accommodation.

‘The law bootstraps the idea of gender identity onto existing Civil Rights laws. Even having a sign in your church that says ‘This Bathroom is for Biological Women Only’ could subject the pastor of the church up to 30 days in jail,’ MFI president Andrew Beckwith told Fox News.

Beckwith said the fact that all worship services are open to the public shows that the laws were written with a ‘religious tone deafness.’

‘If the church doesn’t defend itself from these attacks on religious liberty, they are going to cease having the ability to make the pastoral decisions they need to be able to make,’ Beckwith said.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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The Stream

Massachusetts Law Possibly Jailing Pastors For Not Using Approved Language Takes Effect

Dustin Siggns / The Stream / Monday, October 3, 2016

“The Massachusetts Family Institute is pushing to repeal the law by voter ballot in November. A spokesperson told The Stream ‘We’re prayerfully optimistic’ that the group has the necessary 32,375 signatures to get it onto the ballot.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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22 News WWLP

Massachusetts transgender law now in effect

Tamara Sacharczyk / WWLP / Monday, October 3, 2016

“A group called the Massachusetts Family Institute is fighting against it. They’ve gathered at least 33,000 signatures to put a question on the 2018 ballot that would repeal the measure. The group has said they worry that men could abuse the law by pretending to be transgender.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Beacon Hill Patch

Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law Takes Effect in Massachusetts

  / Beacon Hill Patch / Saturday, October 1, 2016

“‘It’s a direct threat to privacy,’ Massachusetts Family Institute’s Andrew Beckwith told 22News Monday. Beckwith, who says his group has collected more than the 32,375 required signatures, believes the law could be abused by people pretending to be transgender. The Secretary of State must still certify the signatures.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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MassLive

Effort to repeal transgender anti-discrimination law qualifies for 2018 ballot

 Shira Schoenber / MassLive / Thursday, September 29, 2016

“The law was passed too late for a referendum to go on the 2016 ballot, so the socially conservative Massachusetts Family Institute instead targeted the November 2018 election with a repeal effort. The group had 90 days after the law’s passage to gather enough signatures.

Transgender anti-discrimination law foes launch repeal effort

Transgender anti-discrimination law foes launch repeal effort

Opponents of a new transgender anti-discrimination law officially kicked off a campaign to repeal it with a Statehouse rally on Wednesday.

Keep MA Safe has until Oct. 6 to turn in the signatures to Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s office. In a press release, the committee said it will meet that deadline.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Critics pursue bid to roll back state’s new transgender law

Boston Herald / Associated Press / Wednesday, September 28, 2016

“Opponents of a transgender rights law said Wednesday they had collected enough signatures to continue their campaign to roll back the landmark measure. City and town clerks had certified more than 32,375 signatures of registered voters, the number needed to place a repeal question on the 2018 state ballot, the Massachusetts Family Institute said. The signatures must also be verified by Secretary of State William Galvin’s office. … Opponents of the Massachusetts law, who have formed a ballot question committee called Keep MA Safe, argue it could put women and children at risk by allowing male sexual predators to claim gender identity as a pretense for entering bathrooms or locker rooms.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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22 News WWLP

Activists move closer to repealing the transgender rights law

Tiffany Chan / WWLP / Wednesday, September 28, 2016

“Opponents of the state’s new transgender public accommodations law moved one step closer Wednesday to placing a repeal measure on the 2018 ballot. Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith told 22News they have 33,000 certified signatures from registered voters statewide—surpassing the requirement. Beckwith believes the state law violates people’s right to privacy. He said, ‘it’s a direct threat to privacy because it allows men to use women’s bathrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities based on their internal sense of self, regardless of their anatomy.’ The Massachusetts Family Institute is worried that men could abuse the law by pretending to be transgender to harm others.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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WBUR

Activists Say They Have Signatures Needed To Put Repeal Of Transgender Rights Law Before Voters

WBUR / WBUR / Wednesday, September 28, 2016

“In a statement released after the law was approved, the Massachusetts Family Institute said the law would ‘violate the fundamental rights to privacy and safety for all citizens of the Commonwealth, particularly women and children.’ … The signatures collected by Keep MA Safe must still be certified by Secretary of State William Galvin’s office, which will make the final call on whether the measure can be placed on the November 2018 ballot.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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wral

Conservative Group in Massachusetts Seeks Transgender Rights Appeal

Billy Hallowell / WRAL / Sunday, September 25, 2016

“The measure has drawn praise and scrutiny from the public and politicians alike. As for Baker, who supports the measure, he said ‘no one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their gender identity.’ But others, including the Massachusetts Family Institute, an organization that upholds Judeo-Christian values, were quick to speak out after Baker signed the bill into law on July 8. The group issued a statement expressing disappointment and saying that the law will ‘violate the fundamental rights to privacy and safety for all citizens of the commonwealth, particularly women and children.’ But there’s another issue at play: concern over how the regulation will impact churches in the state. After all, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the state’s primary civil rights agency, released a document on Sept. 1, titled, ‘Gender Identity Guidance.’ The document defined a public accommodation as ‘any place, whether licensed or unlicensed, which is open to and accepts or solicits the patronage of the general public.’ … About a week after the bill was signed, those opponents — led by the Massachusetts Family Institute — organized and launched a referendum initiative to try to repeal the law in 2018, according to State House News Service. Petitioners with the ‘Keep MA Safe’ effort were unable to file for 2016, as the deadline had passed; they must collect 32,375 signatures by Sept. 22 in order to get the transgender anti-discrimination law on the ballot for 2018. ‘You have a 90-day window to collect these signatures once the bill is passed into law,’ Family Institute president Andrew Beckwith told The Christian Post. “Because of when it is passed and when the 90-day window closes and when the 2016 elections are, per law it has to be on the 2018 ballot.” Beckwith said that his organization plans to spend the next two years educating the public about the law to rally opposition, explaining that he is ‘especially concerned with the language relating to churches, because that adds an additional dimension of violating the First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion, free speech and freedom of association.’ But Beckwith isn’t the only critic who’s concerned, as UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh penned an op-ed pushing back against the ‘church’ language by noting that church events that are ‘open to the general public’ are often still viewed as ministry events by church leaders, even if they aren’t overt worship services.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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cbn

Conservative Group in Massachusetts Seeks Transgender Rights Appeal

Heather Sells / CBN / Friday, September 23, 2016

“Opponents of what may be the nation’s strictest state anti-discrimination law are submitting more than 50,000 signatures today, hoping to repeal the new Massachusetts statute. Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told CBN News that he is ‘prayerfully optimistic’ that the state will certify at least 32,000 of those signatures to put the repeal initiative on the November 2018 state ballot. The law forbids discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation and provides no religious exemption for churches that hold events open to the public. It goes into effect Oct. 1, two years before the state might have the chance to vote on the issue.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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NECN

Conservative Group in Massachusetts Seeks Transgender Rights Appeal

Brian Burnell / NECN / Thursday, September 15, 2016

“The Massachusetts Family Institute needs more than 32,000 certified signatures from registered voters to get the repeal on the ballot in 2018.

Those signatures have to be collected and delivered to the secretary of state’s office by Oct. 6. After that, town clerks will go check them against their lists if registered voters.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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cbn

This State Is Forcing LGBT ‘Accommodations’ Rule on Churches

Heather Sells / CBN News / Thursday, September 22, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told CBN News that the law ‘creates all kinds of uncertainty for churches and a chilling effect.’ He believes it will discourage churches from running everything from soup kitchens to other events and ministries that could be construed as ‘secular.’ Beckwith said at least one youth pastor has raised concerns about how to handle sleeping arrangements during youth group retreats and camps. Beckwith noted the law does not require individuals to provide any proof of their gender identity, leaving the door literally open for predators to pose as transgender people. ‘I’m already hearing anecdotally about women who go into bathrooms and find men there,’ he said.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Massachusetts’ new anti-discrimination law could be used to jail pastors, worried churches claim

Lorraine Caballero / Christian Daily / Thursday, September 15, 2016

“In an interview with the Post, Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI) president Andrew Beckwith called Senate Bill 2407 a threat to citizens’ constitutional rights. He said it threatens the privacy and safety of people, especially women and children. Beckwith further explained that MFI is particularly concerned with the mention of churches in SB 2407 because it violates citizens’ First Amendment rights to free speech, religious liberty, and freedom of association. He added that they still have two years to make their case and educate the people of Massachusetts about the dangers that the anti-discrimination law brings.”

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Pastors Could Land in Jail 30 Days for Violating This Transgender Law

Todd Starnes / Charisma News / Tuesday, September 13, 2016

“The Massachusetts Family Institute has launched a petition drive to repeal the law—warning that pastors and parishioners could find themselves in serious legal trouble. ‘The law bootstraps the idea of gender identity onto existing Civil Rights laws,’ MFI President Andrew Beckwith tells me. ‘Even having a sign in your church that says, ‘This Bathroom is for Biological Women Only’ could subject the pastor of the church to up to 30 days in jail.’ Beckwith said that, under the law, the sign would be treated the same as if it had said, ‘Whites Only.’ He said the MFI reached out to the attorney general’s office for clarification on the law and they were instructed to ‘get an attorney.’ ‘Churches are left not knowing whether it applies to them or not,’ he said. So who is going to be deciding what is and what is not a secular event? ‘It shows religious tone deafness on the part of whoever is writing these regulations,” Beckwith said. “Any pastor I talk to is going to say their services and ministries and programs are open to the general public. That’s the whole point—to spread the gospel and minister to the whole community.’ That’s a fact. I’ve seen revival break out over the potato salad—during a dinner-on-the-grounds at a Baptist church in Mississippi. Beckwith said he hopes churches will join their campaign to repeal the law—warning that ‘it’s going to have very real consequences on religious liberty.’ ‘If the church doesn’t defend itself from these attacks on religious liberty, they are going to cease having the ability to make the pastoral decisions they need to be able to make,’ he said.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Life-Site-News

New Massachusetts law may force churches to let ‘transgender’ men use women’s restrooms

Fr. Mark Hodges / Life Site News / Tuesday, September 13, 2016

“‘I can’t think of a single church I know that doesn’t hold itself ‘open to the general public’ virtually all the time,’ Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith told LifeSiteNews. ‘People of faith seek to invite their community into the church to hear the Gospel and be ministered to.’ ‘It appears that the authors of this guidance are determined to force a radical ideology of sexual expression onto our communities of faith against our will and our sincerely held religious beliefs,’ Beckwith concluded.  ‘Ironically, it was this tyranny of state intrusion into church matters which sent the pilgrims here in the first place.’

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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One News Now2

Transgender restroom bill applied to Massachusetts churches

David Roach / Florida Baptist Witness / Monday, September 12, 2016

“The new law, which kicks in October 1, affects everything from women’s homeless shelters to a church’s spaghetti supper, warns Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute.

The problem at shelters, he says, is that men who identify as women have access without being forced to prove they are, in fact, transgendered.

And the problem for churches? (See Todd Starnes’ answer to this question)

‘Even a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation,’ Beckwith says, ‘if it holds a secular event such as a spaghetti supper that is open to the general public.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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florida-baptist-witness

Transgender restroom bill applied to Massachusetts churches

David Roach / Florida Baptist Witness / Monday, September 12, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), told BP the MCAD document ‘demonstrates the religious tone deafness of the people drafting these regulations and guidelines.’

‘Any person of faith knows that we want all of our church functions to be open and welcoming to the general public to bring them in to hear the Good News, the Gospel, to be ministered to,’ Beckwith said. ‘To say that churches have to sacrifice their religious liberty when they hold an event that’s open to the public means the church has to sacrifice all of its religious freedom anytime it operates.’ The MFI, an associate organization of Focus on the Family, is seeking clarification of the seemingly ‘nonsensical’ guideline, Beckwith said. Regarding religious liberty, a footnote is included in the MDAD document stating, ‘All charges, including those involving religious institutions or religious exemptions, are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.’ Beckwith said, however, there is ‘no provision in the law exempting religious organizations.’ A petition drive is aiming to put the public accommodations bill up for a repeal vote in November. Some 33,000 certified signatures are required by Sept. 22 under state law, according to KeepMASafe.com, a campaign website that cites safety and privacy concerns with the legislation.”

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cp-politics-christian-post

Law Forcing Mass. Churches to Adopt Transgender Rules for Public Events Could Be Repealed by Voters

Michael Gryboski  / Christian Post / Monday, September 12, 2016

“In July, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law Senate Bill 2407, which among other things allows transgender men to use women’s restrooms in places of public accommodation and requires employers to use the preferred pronouns of their employees. Since then, the ‘Keep MA Safe’ campaign has been attempting to gather a sufficient number of signatures to have a repeal proposal put on the ballot. Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, a socially conservative group involved in the referendum campaign, told The Christian Post that he considered SB 2407 to be a threat to various constitutional rights. ‘My overall opinion of the law itself, we think it creates a substantial threat to both the privacy and also the safety particularly of women and children in the Commonwealth,’ said Beckwith. ‘We’re especially concerned with the language relating to churches, because that adds an additional dimension of violating the First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion, free speech, and freedom of association.’ Beckwith explained to CP that they must get 32,375 signatures of registered voters to sign on by September 22 so that the repeal proposal can be put on the November 2018 ballot. ‘You have a ninety-day window to collect these signatures once the bill is passed into law. Because of when it is passed and when the ninety-day window closes and when the 2016 elections are, per law it has to be on the 2018 ballot,’ noted Beckwith. ‘But that will give us two years to make our case to the people of Massachusetts, to educate them on the dangers of the law and to encourage to vote to repeal it if we can get it on the ballot.’ The ‘Keep MA Safe’ campaign for repeal comes as a state government guidance based off of the newly passed law has garnered controversy.”

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fox-news

Pastors could face jail over Mass. anti-discrimination law

Todd Starnes  / Fox News / Monday, September 12, 2016

“The Massachusetts Family Institute has launched a petition drive to repeal the law – warning that pastors and parishioners could find themselves in serious legal trouble. ‘The law bootstraps the idea of gender identity onto existing Civil Rights laws,’ MFI president Andrew Beckwith tells me. ‘Even having a sign in your church that says ‘This Bathroom is for Biological Women Only’ could subject the pastor of the church to up to 30 days in jail.’ Beckwith said under the law, the sign would be treated the same as if it had said, ‘Whites Only.’ He said the MFI reached out to the attorney general’s office for clarification on the law and they were instructed to ‘get an attorney.’ ‘Churches are left not knowing whether it applies to them or not,’ he said. So who is going to be deciding what is and what is not a secular event? ‘It shows a religious tone deafness on the part of whoever is writing these regulations,’ Beckwith said. ‘Any pastor talk to is going to say their services and ministries and programs are open to the general public. That’s the whole point – to spread the Gospel and minister to the whole community.’ That’s a fact. I’ve seen revival break out over the potato salad – during a dinner-on-the-grounds at a Baptist church in Mississippi. Beckwith said he hopes churches will join their campaign to repeal the law – warning that ‘it’s going to have very real consequences on religious liberty.’ ‘If the church doesn’t defend itself from these attacks on religious liberty, they are going to cease having the ability to make the pastoral decisions they need to be able to make,’ he said.”

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brnow

Transgender restroom bill applied to Mass. churches

David Roach  / Baptist Press/ Friday, September 9, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), told BP the MCAD document ‘demonstrates the religious tone deafness of the people drafting these regulations and guidelines.’

‘Any person of faith knows that we want all of our church functions to be open and welcoming to the general public to bring them in to hear the Good News, the Gospel, to be ministered to,’ Beckwith said. ‘To say that churches have to sacrifice their religious liberty when they hold an event that’s open to the public means the church has to sacrifice all of its religious freedom anytime it operates.’ The MFI, an associate organization of Focus on the Family, is seeking clarification of the seemingly ‘nonsensical’ guideline, Beckwith said. Regarding religious liberty, a footnote is included in the MDAD document stating, ‘All charges, including those involving religious institutions or religious exemptions, are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.’ Beckwith said, however, there is ‘no provision in the law exempting religious organizations.’ A petition drive is aiming to put the public accommodations bill up for a repeal vote in November. Some 33,000 certified signatures are required by Sept. 22 under state law, according to KeepMASafe.com, a campaign website that cites safety and privacy concerns with the legislation.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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baptist-press

Transgender restroom bill applied to Mass. churches

David Roach  / Baptist Press/ Friday, September 9, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), told BP the MCAD document ‘demonstrates the religious tone deafness of the people drafting these regulations and guidelines.’

‘Any person of faith knows that we want all of our church functions to be open and welcoming to the general public to bring them in to hear the Good News, the Gospel, to be ministered to,’ Beckwith said. ‘To say that churches have to sacrifice their religious liberty when they hold an event that’s open to the public means the church has to sacrifice all of its religious freedom anytime it operates.’ The MFI, an associate organization of Focus on the Family, is seeking clarification of the seemingly ‘nonsensical’ guideline, Beckwith said. Regarding religious liberty, a footnote is included in the MDAD document stating, ‘All charges, including those involving religious institutions or religious exemptions, are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.’ Beckwith said, however, there is ‘no provision in the law exempting religious organizations.’ A petition drive is aiming to put the public accommodations bill up for a repeal vote in November. Some 33,000 certified signatures are required by Sept. 22 under state law, according to KeepMASafe.com, a campaign website that cites safety and privacy concerns with the legislation.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Enterprise

Beacon Hill Roll Call-September 9, 2016

Bob Katzen  / The Enterprise/ Friday, September 9, 2016

“Fundamentally, this is about protecting privacy and safety, particularly of women and children. These guidelines do nothing to alleviate that.”

Andrew Beckwith of Keep MA Safe, a committee working to repeal the new transgender law.

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the-new-american

Mass. Law May Force Churches to Comply With Transgender Bathroom Policies

Raven Clabough / The New American / Wednesday, September 7, 2016

“But critics of the law, such as the Massachusetts Family Institute, contend that despite this provision, it places women and children at risk by opening ‘the door for predators to enter public bathrooms, locker rooms and showers and to abuse this vague legislation.’

‘Thousands of concerned citizens have contacted the governor’s office over the past month, urging him to do the right thing and veto the bill,’ the group said in a written statement. ‘Instead, Gov. Baker ignored them and gave in to a radical and aggressive agenda of sexual expression and a denial of basic biological truth.’

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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newsmax

Mass. ‘Bathroom’ Law Will Apply to Churches, State Says

Theodore Bunker  / News Max / Wednesday, September 7, 2016

“‘There will be people out there who seek to abuse this law — there are pedophiles, there are rapists, there are bad people in his world,’ state Rep. Shawn Dooley, a Republican from Norfolk, said during legislative debate. The Massachusetts Family Institute, which rallied opponents of the measure earlier this year, and is advocating a repeal at the ballot box in 2018.” (CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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MassLive

How must businesses comply with transgender anti-discrimination law?

 Shira Schoenberg  / MassLive/ Friday, September 2, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, an attorney for Keep MA Safe, a committee working to repeal the new law, said the guidelines do not provide any protections. He disagreed with the regulations’ requirement that “in most circumstances, a place of public accommodation should presume that an individual is using the appropriate facility.” He also worried about the lack of a way to police whether someone’s gender identity is “sincerely held,” as the law requires. “Fundamentally, this is about protecting privacy and safety, particularly of women and children. These guidelines do nothing to alleviate that,” Beckwith said. Here is a look at a few provisions of the law that were clarified by the regulations. Read the MCAD regulations here and Healey’s regulations below.

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Boston Magazine

The Transgender Rights Bill Battle Still Isn’t Over, Apparently

Spencer Buell  / Boston Magazine/ Monday, August 8, 2016

“She will lead the campaign, backed by the Massachusetts Family Institute, on behalf of those who believe predators might pretend to have a transgender identity to gain access to a bathroom or locker room—perhaps using that access to commit a crime like sexual assault, or, as the group’s website puts it to ‘fulfill any number of deviant desires.'”

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Boston Globe Masthead

Former GOP comitteewoman leading effort to repeal transgender law

Meg Bernhard / The Boston Globe/ Monday, August 8, 2016

“The committee needs 32,375 certified signatures by Oct. 6 in order to have their question considered for the 2018 ballot. According to Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute — a group supporting the referendum effort — the committee only recently began its petition drive because it was waiting on petitions from the secretary of state’s office. The committee, he said, is ‘definitely acting with a sense of urgency.'”

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Windy City Times

National Roundup: Lesbian bishop, Dan Savage, Marco Rubio

Andrew Davis / Windy City Times/ Tuesday, July 26, 2016

“An organization that opposes Massachusetts’ new transgender anti-discrimination law says it will attempt to repeal that measure on the 2018 state ballot, the Associated Press reported. The Massachusetts Family Institute said in a statement that it has filed a petition with the secretary of state and plans to begin gathering signatures. By law, the group has less than three months to collect signatures from at least 32,375 registered voters to place a question seeking repeal of the law before Massachusetts voters on the 2018 ballot.”

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WickedLocal Marion

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP: Counter programming

/ State House News Service/ Tuesday, July 26, 2016

“Meanwhile the Massachusetts Family Institute announced its plans to seek a repeal of the transgender law – which grants people access to public restrooms that match their gender identity rather than anatomical sex – through the 2018 ballot.”

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huffington post

The Blog: A Tale of Two States

/ The Huffington Post/ Sunday, July 24, 2016

“Now the Massachusetts Family Institute is threatening to petition the public accommodations section of the bill to referendum for repeal in 2018. They will need 32,375 signatures by late September to accomplish the feat.”

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Newburyport Daily News

Group lobbies to repeal transgender protections

/ Daily News/ Thursday, July 21, 2016

“Opponents of a controversial new law that allows transgender individuals to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity want to put the issue to voters. The law’s opponents, who argue that it could put women and children at risk, say voters should have more of a say in the matter. They’ve formed a repeal effort, backed by the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute, to push for a referendum on the 2018 ballot. ‘When you’re taking away privacy rights for 99.9 percent of the state’s population, we ought to ask how the public feels about it,’ said Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, one of the chief opponents of the so-called ‘bathroom bill,’ who signed the petition. … Opponents said the bill would endanger women and children in public bathrooms and locker rooms by giving sexual predators an opportunity to claim confusion about their gender in order to gain access to private areas. ‘Thousands of concerned citizens have contacted the governor’s office over the past month, urging him to do the right thing and veto the bill,’ Andrew Beckwith, the family institute’s president, said in a statement following its approval. ‘Instead, Gov. Baker ignored them and gave in to a radical and aggressive agenda of sexual expression and a denial of basic biological truth.'”

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Boston: Opponents to Seek Repeal of New Transgender Rights Law

WATD / Associated Press/ Wednesday, July 20, 2016

“An organization that opposes the state’s new transgender anti-discrimination law says it will attempt to repeal that measure on the 2018 state ballot. The Massachusetts Family Institute said in a statement that it has filed a petition with the secretary of state and plans to begin gathering signatures. By law, the group has less than three months to collect signatures from at least 32,375 registered voters to place a question seeking repeal of the law before Massachusetts voters on the 2018 ballot.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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MassLive

Opponents of transgender anti-discrimination law launch repeal effort

/ MassLive/ Wednesday, July 20, 2016

“Opponents, led by the socially conservative Massachusetts Family Institute, are organizing an effort to get a repeal of the law on the ballot in November 2018. To do that, they must collect 32,375 signatures within 90 days after the law was signed. The opponents say repealing the law is a matter of public safety.”

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22 News WWLP

Transgender law opponents want statewide vote on repeal

/ WWLP/ Wednesday, July 20, 2016

“A rally was held on the State House steps Wednesday, in favor of a repeal to the new law that allows transgender people to use the restrooms of their choice. The Massachusetts Family Institute strongly opposes the new law, which bans discrimination against transgender people in public places- including restrooms, locker rooms, and fitting rooms. They hope to convince Massachusetts voters to repeal the law through a ballot initiative.”

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Church Militant

Massachusetts Bathroom Law May Be Repealed

/ Church Militant/ Wednesday, July 20, 2016

“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.”

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lowell sun

Opponents launch effort to repeal ‘bathroom bill’

/ Lowell Sun/ Wednesday, July 20, 2016

“But critics of the bill argue that it deprives communities the right to choose a sex-education program that is best for their schools. ‘I trust local school committees to make the right decisions,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, a Woburn-based organization that advocates for traditional values. ‘Why take control out of the hands of parents and local educators on an issue this sensitive?’ Opponents also argue the measure allows Planned Parenthood, which supports the bill, to push a pro-choice agenda by promoting its sex-education curriculum, called ‘Get Real,’ which would meet the proposed requirements. ‘Get Real’ is included on a state list of recommended sex-ed curricula. Programs on the list also provide exercises with hypothetical situations involving sex and drug use. That could encourage just the behavior it is supposed to prevent among students as early as middle school, according to the Massachusetts Family Institute, which promotes abstinence outside of marriage.”

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Group lobbies to repeal transgender protections

/ Gloucester Times / Tuesday, July 19, 2016

“Opponents of a controversial new law that allows transgender individuals to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity want to put the issue to voters. The law’s opponents, who argue that it could put women and children at risk, say voters should have more of a say in the matter. They’ve formed a repeal effort, backed by the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute, to push for a referendum on the 2018 ballot. … Opponents said the bill would endanger women and children in public bathrooms and locker rooms by giving sexual predators an opportunity to claim confusion about their gender in order to gain access to private areas. ‘Thousands of concerned citizens have contacted the governor’s office over the past month, urging him to do the right thing and veto the bill,’ Andrew Beckwith, the family institute’s president, said in a statement following its approval. ‘Instead, Gov. Baker ignored them and gave in to a radical and aggressive agenda of sexual expression and a denial of basic biological truth.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Boston Herald

Opponents to seek repeal of new transgender rights law

/ Associated Press/ Tuesday, July 19, 2016

“An organization that opposes the state’s new transgender anti-discrimination law says it will attempt to repeal that measure on the 2018 state ballot. The Massachusetts Family Institute said in a statement that it has filed a petition with the secretary of state and plans to begin gathering signatures.”

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22 News WWLP

Opponents to launch campaign to repeal new transgender rights law

/ WWLP/ Tuesday, July 19, 2016

“The organization that opposes the state’s new transgender anti-discrimination law is hoping to repeal the measure through a ballot initiative. The Massachusetts Family Institute will attempt to repeal a new state law expanding transgender rights. The organization’s President Andrew Beckwith told 22News they must collect roughly 32,000 certified signatures by September to place the question before Massachusetts voters on the 2018 ballot. ‘Even the governor himself, who initially promised to veto Bathroom Bill-type legislation, eventually changed his mind and didn’t do what he initially promised to do, so now we want to put it back into the hands of the people,’ said Beckwith.”

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Beacon Hill Patch

Mass. Group Pushes to Repeal Transgender Accommodations Law

/ Beacon Hill Patch/ Tuesday, July 19, 2016

“Massachusetts’ newly passed transgender accommodations law hasn’t yet taken full effect, but an effort to repeal it is already afoot. The Massachusetts Family Institute on Monday took the first step toward filing a ballot referendum that would repeal the law, which they have fought from the start. Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, disregarded the group’s pleas for a veto when he signed the bill into law July 8. The law, which takes full effect Oct. 1, prohibits discrimination against transgender men and women in public places, and protects the ability to choose a restroom or other public facility that matches one’s sexual identity, regardless of anatomical sex. MFI, which describes itself as a non-profit based on Judeo-Christian family values, believes the law endangers privacy and safety, particularly of children.”

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MassLive

Opponents of transgender anti-discrimination law launch ballot campaign to repeal it

/ MassLive/ Tuesday, July 19, 2016

“Opponents of a new transgender anti-discrimination law are launching a campaign to repeal the law through a ballot vote in 2018. ‘We see it as a threat to the privacy rights and safety, particularly of women and children,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which is organizing the referendum initiative. The opponents plan to form a ballot committee to advocate for the repeal. They will officially launch their campaign with a Statehouse rally on Wednesday.”

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New Boston Post

Opponents launch effort to repeal ‘bathroom bill’

/ Tuesday, July 19, 2016

“Opponents of the transgender public accommodations bill that Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law just over a week ago announced Monday they have launched a referendum initiative to repeal the law in 2018. Led by the Massachusetts Family Institute, which largely organized the opposition to the bill, 21 people on Monday filed a referendum petition with the Secretary of State’s office to initiate the repeal process for 2018. The bill became law too late for the repeal effort to make it onto the 2016 ballot. ‘Over the next 80 days, more than 32,000 signatures will need to be collected to put the transgender bathroom, locker room and shower law on the ballot in November 2018,’ MFI wrote in an email to supporters. ‘This will be a long process, not only of getting the repeal question on the ballot, but of continuing to raise awareness about the problems that laws like this are causing all over the country.’ A referendum petition to repeal a law requires 32,375 signatures, less than half the number of certified signatures than does a ballot initiative that would create a new law.”

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Boston Globe Masthead

Activists file petition to repeal transgender law

/ The Boston Globe / Tuesday, July 19, 2016

“Proponents have hailed the measure as a civil rights breakthrough. But critics say it raises privacy concerns for women and children who might feel uncomfortable sharing a bathroom or locker room with someone with male anatomy who identifies as female. ‘We believe it’s a bad law that endangers the safety of women and children,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute, who signed the petition filed on Monday.”

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Boston Globe Masthead

Transgender Rights Ballot Fight Eyed

/ The Boston Globe / Thursday, July 14, 2016

“Via press release from the Massachusetts Family Institute: ‘The bathroom bill signed into law Friday by Governor [Charlie] Baker puts millions of women and children in our Commonwealth at risk. … Fortunately, our state constitution guarantees the right of a free people to resist an unaccountable and unresponsive Beacon Hill bureaucracy by repealing bad laws directly through the ballot referendum process. This is one option that we are exploring, putting the bathroom bill on a statewide ballot for the people to decide through a direct vote.'”

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The Huntington News

Governor Baker signs transgender rights bill

/ The Huntington News / Thursday, July 14, 2016

“Not everyone is pleased with the bill, however. Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, said the new legislation places the public, specifically women and children, at risk. ‘What this bill does, among other things, is sacrifice the privacy and safety of people in public facilities like locker rooms, showers, changing facilities, things like that,’ he said. The Massachusetts Family Institute, which Beckwith describes as an organization that focuses on ‘family values issues, specifically vice, sexuality and marriage, and religious liberty,’ has been among the most outspoken opponents of the bill.”

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the christian times

Massachusetts signs transgender bathroom bill into law

/ The Christian Times / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

“However, some people are criticizing the law. Andrew Beckwith from the Massachusetts Family Institute said the definition of ‘gender identity’ specified in the bill is broad and can be abused even by sex offenders, who can freely access public bathrooms and locker rooms. Beckwith also found it ‘disturbing’ that through the law, parents who choose to protect their kids can be charged. And that’s not all. ‘Business owners could be fined or even jailed just for putting up a sign deemed offensive to transgender activists,’ Beckwith said, according to LifeSite News. Beckwith emphasized that an individual’s biological sex matters, and requiring females to share bathrooms and locker rooms with biological males is a ‘bad idea’ regardless of the males’ gender identity. He also expressed disappointment in Baker for not delivering the promise he gave during the campaign by signing the bill into law.”

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Detroit Free Press

States with LGBTQ policies dispute threat of school bathroom predators

/ Detroit Free Press / Monday, July 11, 2016

“The bill, which has passed the House and Senate in Massachusetts, is currently before a conference committee to iron out differences. It has been heavily opposed by organizations such as the Massachusetts Family Institute, which describes it as a bill that would ‘allow men to shower and change alongside young girls.'”

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Church Militant

Massachusetts Gov. Signs Transgender Bathroom Bill

/ Church Militant / Monday, July 11, 2016

Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI) issued a statement Friday in opposition to the law. In the statement, MFI holds,

Governor Charlie Baker has opened the door for predators to enter public bathrooms, locker rooms and showers and to abuse this vague legislation.  Even in the absence of outright abuse, this bill violates fundamental rights of privacy by enforcing a new ‘right’ for men to shower with women against their will.

MFI expressed concern the law employs a definition of gender identity that is ‘extremely broad and ripe for abuse” which “would even allow a registered sex offender to use the law to gain access to the locker room or showers of the opposite sex.’ Due to the senate’s version of the law, the state attorney general must advise law enforcement on how to deal with perpetrators who fraudulently claim gender identity for an ‘improper purpose.’ According to MFI, parents can no longer protect their children:

What is equally disturbing is that, under this new law, parents will face criminal prosecution for trying to protect their children, and business owners could be fined or even jailed just for putting up a sign deemed offensive to transgender activists.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Fox 13 Salt Lake City

Massachusetts transgender rights bill signed into law

/ Fox 13 – Salt Lake City / Saturday, July 09, 2016

“Opponents such as the Massachusetts Family Institute argue that the bill fails to protect women and children from predators and violates fundamental rights of privacy. The group said Baker ‘gave in to a radical and aggressive agenda.’ ‘What we have today is the sacrifice of common sense and the abdication of responsibility by both houses of the legislature and now the governor,’ the Institute said in a press release.”

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daily caller

Another Governor Signs Transgender Bathroom Bill

Amber Randall / The Daily Caller / Saturday, July 09, 2016

“Opponents of the new bill, like the Massachusetts Family Institute, say that it could potentially endanger women and children by allowing ‘predators to enter public bathrooms, locker rooms and showers and to abuse this vague legislation.’ ‘Thousands of concerned citizens have contacted the governor’s office over the past month, urging him to do the right thing and veto the bill. Instead, Gov. Baker ignored them and gave in to a radical and aggressive agenda of sexual expression and a denial of basic biological truth,’ Massachusetts Family Institute said in a statement.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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CNN

Massachusetts transgender rights bill signed into law

Shachar Peled / CNN / Saturday, July 09, 2016

“Opponents such as the Massachusetts Family Institute argue that the bill fails to protect women and children from predators and violates fundamental rights of privacy. The group said Baker ‘gave in to a radical and aggressive agenda.’

‘What we have today is the sacrifice of common sense and the abdication of responsibility by both houses of the legislature and now the governor,’ the Institute said in a press release.”

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Baker signs transgender legislation: Governor accused of breaking his promise on bill

Katie Lannan / CommonWealth / Saturday, July 09, 2016

“The Massachusetts Family Institute, which vocally opposed the bill, issued a statement Friday saying its members were ‘extremely disappointed that Governor Baker has broken his original campaign promise to veto this bill.'”

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Lawmakers reach deal on transgender bill

Meg Bernhard / The Boston Globe / Friday, July 08, 2016

“Not everyone was happy with Baker, though. ‘Well, we are extremely disappointed that he signed the bill, which compromises safety of all children and women in the Commonwealth,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, one of the bill’s leading opponents. ‘We are also disappointed because this violates his original campaign promise.’ The new law will go into effect Oct. 1, though one aspect — the prohibition of advertisements of signs that discriminate against transgender people — will be effective immediately. Massachusetts’ legislation follows a year of particularly contentious debate across the nation on transgender people’s rights.”

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Life-Site-News

BREAKING: Massachusetts’ Republican gov. signs transgender bathroom bill

Ben Johnson / LifeSite News / Friday, July 08, 2016

“In June, lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have barred sex offenders from entering the opposite sex’s showers and private facilities. The current version of the bill allows the state to take action against anyone who exploits the law for ‘an improper purpose.’ That’s not enough, said Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘The definition of gender identity used by the bill, is extremely broad and ripe for abuse.  It would even allow a registered sex offender to use the law to gain access to the locker room or showers of the opposite sex. The people of Massachusetts deserve better from their government,’ he said. ‘What is equally disturbing is that, under this new law, parents will face criminal prosecution for trying to protect their children, and business owners could be fined or even jailed just for putting up a sign deemed offensive to transgender activists.'”

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Massachusetts GOP governor signs transgender rights bill

Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press / Friday, July 08, 2016

“Critics of the new law – including the Massachusetts Family Institute – had warned that it could put women and children at risk. They said by signing the law, Baker ‘has opened the door for predators to enter public bathrooms, locker rooms and showers and to abuse this vague legislation’ ‘Thousands of concerned citizens have contacted the governor’s office over the past month, urging him to do the right thing and veto the bill,’ the group said in a written statement. ‘Instead, Gov. Baker ignored them and gave in to a radical and aggressive agenda of sexual expression and a denial of basic biological truth.’ The new law expands on a 2011 state law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in the workplace and housing. It expands that law to include public accommodations, such as restrooms and locker rooms.”

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Transgender Anti-Discrimination Legislation

 / Beacon Hill Patch / Friday, July 08, 2016

“Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Family Institute, which has long opposed the bill, issued a scathing statement in the wake of Baker’s signature:

Thousands of concerned citizens have contacted the governor’s office over the past month, urging him to do the right thing and veto the bill. Instead, Governor Baker ignored them and gave in to a radical and aggressive agenda of sexual expression and a denial of basic biological truth. What we have today is the sacrifice of common sense and the abdication of responsibility by both houses of the legislature and now the governor.”

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SouthCoast Today

Gov. signs transgender rights bill; takes effect Oct. 1

Katie Lannan / SouthCoast TODAY / Friday, July 08, 2016

“The Massachusetts Family Institute, which vocally opposed the bill, issued a statement Friday saying its members were ‘extremely disappointed that Governor Baker has broken his original campaign promise to veto this bill.'”

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WBUR

Gov. Baker Signs Transgender Accommodations Bill Into Law

Steve Brown / WBUR / Friday, July 08, 2016

“Opponents, who had hoped the governor would veto the measure, were disappointed.

The Massachusetts Family Institute issued a press release decrying the new law, stating the governor had broken his original promise to veto the bill.”

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AP - associated press

Massachusetts Legislature approves transgender rights bill

Bob Salsburg / Associated Press / Thursday, July 07, 2016

“The Massachusetts Family Institute, a group that led opposition to the measure, urged its followers to call their state legislators to protest the final version, arguing it did little to protect personal privacy. The institute warned on its website that women could soon be sharing a bathroom or locker room with men.”

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Boston Herald

Agreement reached on Massachusetts transgender rights bill

Boston Herald / Associated Press / Thursday, July 07, 2016

“Critics, including the Massachusetts Family Institute, argued that male sexual predators could claim gender identity as a way to gain access to women’s bathrooms or locker rooms.”

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Sentinel & Enterprise

Deal sets up transgender-rights bill for votes today

Matt Murphy / State House News Service / Thursday, July 07, 2016

Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith, who fought to kill the bill, continued to voice his opposition. ‘We are very disappointed in the committee report on this bill, as it continues to compromise the privacy and safety of our Commonwealth’s women and children. The language giving regulatory oversight to Attorney General Healey is nothing more than a legislative placebo. Based on her prior offensive statements about people who have concerns with this bill, we have no reason to believe that the attorney general will put any meaningful protections in place for some of our most vulnerable citizens,’ Beckwith said in a statement.”

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Boston Globe Masthead

Lawmakers reach deal on transgender bill

Joshua Miller / The Boston Globe / Thursday, July 07, 2016

“But opponents, who have repeatedly expressed worry that male sexual predators, under the guise of being transgender women, could enter women’s restrooms and locker rooms, decried the final legislative language. ‘It continues to compromise the privacy and safety of our Commonwealth’s women and children,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute.”

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MassLive

Legislature will vote Thursday on final transgender anti-discrimination bill

Shira Schoenberg / MassLive / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which led the opposition, said he is disappointed in the bill. ‘It continues to compromise the privacy and safety of the commonwealth’s women and children,’ Beckwith said. Given Healey’s support for the bill, tasking Healey with writing regulations is ‘nothing more than a legislative placebo,’ Beckwith said. ‘There’s no reason to believe she’ll put meaningful protections in place for our most vulnerable citizens.'”

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Slowdown on transgender bill might actually good news for advocates

Frank Phillips / The Boston Globe / Thursday, June 23, 2016

“But it’s not clear all this fretting is necessary. So far, there has been no rustling among social conservatives. But nor are they showing their hand, claiming they are holding out hope that the final version of the bill won’t be acceptable to Baker. ‘We’re just trying to make sure the governor has heard from many people as possible,’’ said Andrew Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Family Institute.”

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The Sun Chronicle

What they said about transgender bill

The Sun Chronicle / The Sun Chronicle / Sunday, June 05, 2016

“‘The bill as passed allows registered sex offenders to claim a gender identity in order to access whatever bathroom they want … and makes it a crime for a parent to question a biological man who seeks to use the same locker room or bathroom as their daughter.’ – Andrew Beckwith, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Family Institute.”

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wall street journal

Massachusetts Looks to Expand Antidiscrimination Law to Include Gender Identity

Jon Kamp / The Wall Street Journal / Saturday, June 04, 2016

“Detractors of the Massachusetts legislation said allowing transgender people to choose their restroom would infringe upon the privacy of girls and women. ‘What we have here is unfortunately a zero-sum game,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, a public-policy organization that cites Judeo-Christian values, and opposed the legislation. ‘My daughter, my wife have a right to privacy and a right to feel safe in intimate settings.'”

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Life-Site-News

Massachusetts House rejects measure to ban male sex offenders from women’s bathrooms

Ben Johnson / Life Site News / Friday, June 03, 2016

“‘What is truly disturbing is the House’s absolute refusal to accept any amendments which might have provided safeguards for women and children in places like locker rooms or public showers,’ said Andrew Beckwith, the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘The bill as passed allows registered sex offenders to claim a gender identity in order to access whatever bathroom they want.’ ‘The bill does not exempt churches or women’s shelters from having to yield to the demands of a man claiming to be a woman,’ Beckwith said.”

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WBUR

House Approves Transgender Bill 116-36 After Emotional Debate

Matt Murphy / State House News Service / Thursday, June 02, 2016

With proponents and opponents of the bill crowding two floors of the State House outside the House chamber, lawmakers engaged in a lengthy back-and-forth over the controversial measure. In the hallways, opponents brought by the Massachusetts Family Institute chanted, ‘No,’ while supporters in the House gallery applauded each opening speech in support of the bill. The debate drew more people to the State House that any other issue this session as many watched on television screens set up outside the chamber as overflow viewing areas.

Critics of the bill, pushing a slate of amendments, argued it intrudes on privacy rights of more than 99 percent of population by allowing individuals to use bathrooms they associate with their gender identity, and opens the door for abuses by those who would prey on women and children.”

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Worcester Business Journal

Lawmakers working out details of final transgender legislation

Worcester Business Journal / State House News Service / Thursday, June 02, 2016

“Andrew Beckwith, who has led the opposition to the bill as president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told the News Service he is concentrating his efforts on Baker. ‘Right now we’re focused on the governor and that’s going to be the totality of our efforts at the moment,’ Beckwith told the News Service outside the State House. He said, ‘If the legislature won’t do it we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure we can make that happen.'”

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CBS Boston - WBZ

Massachusetts House Passes Bill Legally Abolishing Biological Sex

WBZ News / WBZ News / Thursday, June 02, 2016

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Massachusetts House Passes Bill Legally Abolishing Biological Sex

Al Perrotta  / The Stream / Thursday, June 02, 2016

“The protest and prayer was organized by Massachusetts Family Institute. And they are not giving up the fight. Today, the group is calling on people to phone Gov. Baker’s office to urge him to veto the bill. His Boston office number is: 617-725-4005. His Springfield office is 413-784-1200.”

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Poised To Send Gender Identity Bill To Governor

Bill Chapell / NPR / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

“One group that opposed the bill, the Massachusetts Family Institute, recently called it ‘one of the worst pieces of legislation on Beacon Hill’ and urged opponents who could attend today’s debate to wear blue in a sign of solidarity. The group also criticized the one-hour limit that was placed on debate over the bill.”

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House approves transgender bill

Matt Murphy / State House News Service / Thursday, June 02, 2016

“At one point as the debate was in full swing, Massachusetts Family Institute Executive Director Andrew Beckwith led a group of several dozen protesters into the lobby of the governor’s office to make their concerns known. Though Baker was not in the Statehouse at the time, a senior aide came out to listen. ‘Our children are the victims of what’s going on right now in the Statehouse,’ one protester exclaimed. Baker during his first run for governor in 2010 opposed a similar transgender public accommodations bill, and faced questions and criticism after he distributed fliers at the Republican Party convention that year deriding the bill as the “bathroom bill,” despite the fact that his running mate, for Senate Minority Richard Tisei, was a sponsor. Beckwith said his hope is that Baker ‘will have better ears than the House,’ despite the governor’s newly declared support. ‘These same concerns about privacy and safety for women and children were expressed very well by some on the House floor, but the amendments that were an attempt to provide some means of privacy and safety were summarily voted down, so if this bill comes to the governor’s office we want to make sure he knows that these people came to the State House today to express those concerns,’ Beckwith said.”

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Noting Baker’s support, DeLeo hopes to avoid transgender conference

Andy Metzger / State House News Service / Thursday, June 02, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, who has led the opposition to the bill as president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told the News Service he is concentrating his efforts on Baker. ‘Right now we’re focused on the governor and that’s going to be the totality of our efforts at the moment,’ Beckwith told the News Service outside the State House. He said, ‘If the legislature won’t do it we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure we can make that happen.'”

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Massachusetts House Overwhelmingly Passes Transgender Rights Bill

CBS Boston / Associated Press / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

“‘We’re hoping the governor will listen to these voices of caution and concern,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute.”

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Massachusetts poised to become 19th state banning trans discrimination

Emma Margolin / MSNBC / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, president of Massachusetts Family Institute, hands his business card to members of Governor Baker’s staff, who block the door to his office, as protestors gather at the Statehouse in Boston, June 1, 2016.” Andrew Beckwith, president of Massachusetts Family Institute, hands his business card to members of Governor Baker's staff, who block the door to his office, as protestors gather at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The Massachusetts House is debating a transgender rights bill that Democratic leaders expect to be passed, and Republican Baker has promised to sign if it reaches his desk. The bill would expand existing protections for transgender people to public accommodations and allow them to use the restroom or locker room that matches their gender identity. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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‘Bathroom bill’ passes Massachusetts House as foes fail

Evan Lips / NewBostonPost / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

“For the bill’s opponents, Wednesday’s defeat stung. Andrew Beckwith, president of the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute, took issue in particular with Rushing’s comments and wondered aloud what the Boston state representative truly meant when he alluded to future causes. The opposition leader also said he was disappointed that lawmakers failed to consider any of the ‘protections or safeguards for women and children’ offered in various amendments. Beckwith did add however that he was impressed by the 300-plus people that flooded the capitol’s halls and galleries Wednesday to voice their opposition to the bill. Kris Mineau, former president and current chairman of the institute’s board, said he ‘fears for the privacy, safety and modesty’ of women who may be averse to transgender women with male anatomy entering private spaces like bathrooms, locker rooms and showers.”

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the berkshire eagle

Baker would sign House version of transgender bill

Matt Murphy and Collin A. Young / State House News Service / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

“The prospect of allowing people to use public facilities that match their gender identity rather than their biological sex has raised concerns about privacy and public safety, led by the Massachusetts Family Institute. MFI Executive Director Andrew Beckwith has said the bill, as written, would make it impossible for law enforcement to protect women and children from men who claim they identify as women simply to gain access to women’s bathrooms and locker rooms.”

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Gov. Baker says he would sign House transgender rights bill

Matt Stout / Boston Herald / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

“Language about ‘improper purpose’ in the House bill — which also calls on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination to create regulations protecting transgender people — was intended to address safety concerns raised by social conservatives. Some groups, such as the Massachusetts Family Institute, have heavily lobbied against the legislation, saying male predators would be legally protected if they entered women’s restrooms.”

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boston.com

Gov. Charlie Baker says he supports Massachusetts transgender bill

Nik DeCosta-Klipa / Boston.com / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

“Opponents, such as the socially conservative MassResistance and the Massachusetts Family Institute, have dubbed it the ‘bathroom bill’ over concerns of allowing people into the restrooms of the opposite sex.”

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Baker scrambles political calculus on House ‘bathroom bill’

Evan Lips / NewBostonPost / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

“‘We know what the attorney general thinks about this issue – it’s that anybody who opposes wide-open, cross-gender bathroom usage should just ‘hold it,” said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. The conservative group based in Woburn has rallied voters against the proposal. ‘I think the Legislature is being very irresponsible in deferring to the attorney general on this issue when she clearly has no concern for the privacy and safety of a majority of women and children in the commonwealth.’ … In Boston, Beckwith’s reference to Healey’s ‘hold it’ comment refers to an April 26 legislative panel discussion, which occurred on what was dubbed as a ‘Transgender Day of Visibility’ on Beacon Hill. During the conversation, the attorney general spoke about privacy and safety concerns expressed by citizens.

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Charlie Baker says he would sign transgender bill

Joshua Miller / Boston Globe / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

“But Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which opposes the bill, noted there are several amendments pending and no guarantee that the House’s current version will be what reaches Baker’s desk. He declined to criticize Baker but said ‘if the current House version stands, we don’t think its supposed safeguards are sufficient’ and emphasized the group will make that clear to the governor. ‘What the Legislature has done is abdicate their responsibility by punting on the details to the attorney general,’ he said, expressing worry that Attorney General Maura Healey, a strong supporter of the legislation, would dismiss the concerns about the bathroom provision.”

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