PJ Media

Massachusetts Votes to ‘Celebrate Diversity of Humanity’ with Bathroom Access

Rod Kackley / PJ Media / Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, said that was close to crazy talk.

Beckwith said the problem with Senate Bill 735, and its companion, HB 4253, is the legislation would violate privacy rights of those who don’t want to shower or use the bathroom with people born of the opposite sex.

‘The Bathroom Bill will force women to undress or shower in the presence of men. This violates a fundamental right to personal privacy,’ Beckwith said.

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New Boston Post

‘Bathroom bill’ foes ask House lawmakers to protect privacy

Evan Lips / NewBostonPost / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

“Opponents hit Beacon Hill Tuesday to rally against proposals that would mandate access to public bathrooms or changing rooms for individuals based on the gender of their choice, two weeks after the state Senate overwhelmingly passed a so-called bathroom bill and in anticipation of a vote as soon as Wednesday on a different version of the legislation in the House of Representatives.

Tuesday’s rally, led by the conservative-leaning Massachusetts Family Institute, drew more than 100 demonstrators who heard from several speakers, including a 12-year-old middle school girl. They focused their remarks on protecting their rights to privacy.

The group decided to hold the event to try and convince members of the House that a large chunk of the general public still has concerns with the bill, according to Andrew Beckwith, the Family Institute president. He pointed to the results of a recent Rasmussen Reports national poll that showed 55 percent of parents with school-age children oppose ‘allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of the opposite biological sex,’ with another 13 percent remain undecided.”

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politico

TRANS BILL vote eyed for next week

Lauren Dezenski / WWLP / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

“The bill would allow people to use public facilities that match their gender identity rather than their biological sex, a change that has raised concerns about privacy and public safety with the Massachusetts Family Institute.”

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22 News WWLP

Opponents of transgender rights bill gather on Beacon Hill

Tiffany Chan / WWLP / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

“Opponents of the ‘Bathroom Bill’ told lawmakers on Tuesday why they don’t want to expand transgender rights. About a hundred parents and children filled the Grand Staircase of the State House Tuesday holding signs that read ‘No Bathroom Bill.’

They’re urging House lawmakers to vote against a proposal to prohibit discrimination against transgender people in public places, including restrooms. Under the bill, transgender individuals would be able to use the restroom of their choice.

Bill supporters believe transgender people should have equal rights, regardless of their gender identity. The Massachusetts Family Institute argues that such a law would put women and children at risk of sexual assault by male predators. ‘Any man for example, can walk into a women’s restroom or locker room and simply identify as female verbally,’ the Institue’s president Andrew Beckwith said, ‘and then get undressed in front of young girls, stand there and ogle women.’

The state Senate passed a similar bill by a 33 to 4 vote. House lawmakers are expected to take up the issue in June.”

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lowell sun

Transgender Law Debate: What the Country can Learn From Massachusetts

Matt Murphy / State House News Service / Wednesday, May 25, 2016

“The bill would allow people to use public facilities that match their gender identity rather than their biological sex, a change that has raised concerns about privacy and public safety with the Massachusetts Family Institute.

Massachusetts Family Institute Executive Director Andrew Beckwith said the concerns he and others opponents have raised have been dismissed by supporters of the bill as intolerant.

‘In the past several weeks, I’ve heard from numerous mothers and fathers who are intimidated into silence about this issue by transgender advocates and left-wing legislators who attempt to bully and shame people into conforming with their radical and extreme agenda,’ Beckwith said. ‘But I’m proud to stand here today and tell you we won’t be silenced.’

Beckwith 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.

‘I’m happy to talk to members of the House if they have ideas, but really it’s kind of a zero-sum privacy game, because right now if this law’s passed it would not be illegal for a man to go into a women’s restroom and get undressed and watch a woman get undressed,’ Beckwith said.”

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Boston Patch

Transgender Law Debate: What the Country can Learn From Massachusetts

Alison Bauter / Boston Patch / Sunday, May 22, 2016

“Within weeks, conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly was skewering the policy on Fox News. State groups who opposed the measure made a media push.

‘The School Commissioner’s first duty is to protect all students, from kindergarten to grade 12, not endanger them,’ Kris Mineau, then-president of Massachusetts Family Institute, said in a statement at the time. ‘The overriding issue with this new policy is that opening girls’ bathrooms to boys is an invasion of privacy and a threat to all students’ safety.’

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Newburyport Daily News

School districts grapple with transgender policies

Christian Wade / Daily News / Monday, May 23, 2016

“‘No child should be forced into an intimate setting like a restroom or locker room with a person of the opposite sex,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘This is a clear violation of privacy rights.’

He said the issue is a tinderbox for school officials and parents who fear discrimination lawsuits and negative publicity.

‘Gov. (Charlie) Baker was booed off the stage by transgender activists just for refusing to say he would sign a bill he hadn’t seen yet,’ Beckwith said. ‘People are really scared to talk about this. They’re afraid of the backlash.’

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Enterprise

Beacon Hill Roll Call – May 20, 2016

Bob Katzen / The Enterprise / Saturday, May 20, 2016

“‘The Bathroom Bill will force women to undress or shower in the presence of men. This violates a fundamental right to personal privacy.’

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, on the same bill.”

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WBUR Radio Boston

Massachusetts Transgender Bill Stirs Robust Debate

Meghna Chakrabarti  / WBUR / Thursday, May 18, 2016

“The proposal dealing with transgender people and public accommodations is currently pending on Beacon Hill.

The state Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill last week, in a 33-4 vote. The House is likely to take up the debate next month, and the vote there could be much closer.

If passed and signed into law, Massachusetts would join 17 other states with similar laws already on the books. And, last week, the Obama administration issued guidance directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

Guests

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which tweets @MAFamilyInst.

Andrew Taylor, transgender man.”

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WBUR Common Health

Boston Medical Center Launches First Comprehensive Transgender Medical Center In Northeast

Martha Bebinger / WBUR / Thursday, May 18, 2016

“That point of view may be gaining acceptance in mainstream medicine, but the debate is not settled.

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, points out that the American Psychiatric Association still uses a mental health diagnosis to describe ‘people whose gender at birth is contrary to the one they identify with.’

‘We believe that the proper treatment would be in the realm of mental health therapies and treatments, again not amputating otherwise healthy organs,’ Beckwith said. ‘I mean in what other scenario would you amputate a healthy organ to conform to a troubled mind.'”

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lowell sun

Elliott wants Council to oppose transgender bill

Rick Sobey / Lowell Sun / Tuesday, May 17, 2016

“On the other side, the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute applauded Elliott for filing the motion, saying it’s ‘encouraging’ for a municipal official to take this stand against the bill.

‘We’re calling on all public officials in all levels of government to stand up in opposition of this,’ Andrew Beckwith said. ‘It’s about protecting the safety and privacy of women and children, protecting them from sexual predators who would take advantage of this bill.'”

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The Sun Chronicle

Heard on Beacon Hill

The Sun Chronicle / The Sun Chronicle / Sunday, May 15, 2016

“‘The Bathroom Bill will force women to undress or shower in the presence of men. This violates a fundamental right to personal privacy.’ – Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, on passage of the bill prohibiting discrimination against transgender people”

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La Crosse Tribune - Wisconsin

Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide

David Crary / Associated Press / Thursday, May 13, 2016

“Some critics of the bill were unimpressed by the addition, citing concerns about privacy.

‘It still offers no protections to women and children who don’t want to be eyed by or exposed to naked men in locker rooms or other intimate spaces,’ said Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel for the Massachusetts Family Institute.

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The Sun Chronicle

Attleboro area senators join majority to approve transgender rights bill

Jim Hand / The Sun Chronicle / Thursday, May 13, 2016

“The Massachusetts bill allows transgender people to choose which bathroom they use, mens’ or womens.’

Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute said his group had urged the Senate to reject the bill because it eliminates protections for women and children in public locker rooms, bathrooms and changing facilities.

‘Regrettably, the Senate President has dismissed the concerns of sexual assault victims, that this would violate their privacy and trigger re-traumatization, because he believes anatomical men who express themselves as female ‘are women.’ This bizarre denial of basic biological fact is frankly appalling. We hope the House has more sense than this.'”

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The Milford Daily News

Some area schools already compliant with new transgender bathroom regulations

Brittney McNamara / MetroWest Daily News / Thursday, May 13, 2016

“Though many area schools have allowed students to use the bathrooms that correspond with their gender identities for years now, Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, opposed the memo, saying it could put students across the country in danger.

‘It’s a question of both privacy and safety,’ Beckwith said. ‘We believe that no child should be forced into an intimate setting like a restroom or locker room with a person of the opposite sex. School districts would be subjecting themselves to a liability if these students encounter any harm.’

Beckwith called the issue one of biology, not of feelings. He said schools should set up private bathrooms for transgender students, instead of allowing them into the common restrooms.

While Massachusetts guidelines don’t threaten funding, the new federal bathroom guidelines are a different story.

‘As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or its implementing regulations,’ the policy reads. ‘The Departments treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations.’

By withholding funds, Beckwith said this equates to the forced removal of privacy for many students.

‘If it’s implemented we see it as a violation of the privacy rights of all those students who have a right not to get disrobed in front of a member of the opposite sex,’ he said. ‘This should be common sense.’

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Catholic Online

The Obama Department of (In) Justice Takes on North Carolina, Civil Rights, and Sexual Difference

Deacon Keith Fournier / Catholic Online / Thursday, May 13, 2016

“Most people recoiled when it was discovered last year that a woman named Rachel Dolezal, the former head of the Spokane Washington chapter of the NAACP, had posed as a black woman, when she is, in fact, a white woman. We intuitively knew that such blatant deceit was wrong, right?  Well, not everyone.

Soon, there were those who were actually arguing that she had a ‘right’ to choose that racial identity, even though she is not a black woman. Dolezal is now writing a book about her chosen racial identity. She recently told the Boston Globe she still identifies as a black woman.

The proponents of the gender bender agenda equate ‘gender identity’ and race. In a thoughtful 2015 article opposing this false comparison, African American commentator Jonathan Alexandre wrote, concerning a similar move in his own legislature in the State of Massachusetts:

‘As a person of color, I strenuously object to equating ‘gender identity’ and race. The false narrative, perpetuated by proponents of this bill, that those with gender dysphoria suffer the same plight as Black Americans during the Jim Crow era is not only offensive but intellectually dishonest.'”

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WBUR

State Senate Approves Transgender Bill

Steve Brown / WBUR / Thursday, May 13, 2016

“A handful of opponents expressed disappointment in the vote.

Jonathan Alexandre, of the Massachusetts Family Institute, disagrees with supporters who say a person born as male who expresses themselves as a female is a woman.

‘This bizarre denial of basic biological fact, is frankly appalling. We trust that the House has more sense than this,’ Alexandre said.”

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eagle tribune

Senate passes ‘bathroom bill’ that foes say tramples privacy

Eagle Tribune / Associated Press / Thursday, May 13, 2016

“Critics argue that male sexual predators could claim to identify as female to gain access to women’s restrooms or locker rooms.

‘If this legislation is passed, woman and children will have no protections against being ogled by, or exposed to, naked men,’ said Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith.

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boston.com

Massachusetts Senate approves transgender rights bill

Steve LeBlanc  / State House News Service / Thursday, May 12, 2016

“Critics argue that male sexual predators could claim to identify as female to gain access to women’s restrooms or locker rooms.

‘If this legislation is passed, woman and children will have no protections against being ogled by, or exposed to, naked men,’ said Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith.”

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New Boston Post

Senate passes ‘bathroom bill’ that foes say tramples privacy

NewBostonPost / State House News Service / Thursday, May 12, 2016

“Opponents maintained their focus on action in the House. Andrew Beckwith, the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, an organization that has been staunchly opposed to the measure told his organization’s supporters Thursday afternoon that blocking the version pending in the lower chamber is the group’s objective.

‘As we anticipated, less than an hour ago the Bathroom Bill was passed’ in the Senate, Beckwith wrote. ‘The real battle will be sometime in the near future’ in the House, he added. ‘Rest assured, MFI and our pro-family allies will be there to represent your values and continue to speak the truth on this issue.'”

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New Civil Rights Movement

Massachusetts Senate Passes Transgender Rights Bill Against Anti-LGBT Group’s Opposition

Matt Murphy, Andy Metzger and Colin A. Young / State House News Service / Thursday, May 12, 2016

“‘If this legislation is passed, woman and children will have no protections against being ogled by, or exposed to, naked men,’ Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith said. One day earlier his group protested the legislation. That protest included little children holding up signs that read, ‘No Bathroom Bill.’

On the MFI website Beckwith lamented the bill’s debate and passage, saying the discussion included ‘a five year old girl who identifies as a male, present in the chamber with her parents and siblings.’ He called it ‘unconscionable that lawmakers and mental health professionals have convinced a family to go along with the gender confusion of a child who hasn’t even started kindergarten.’

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WickedLocal North Andover

Passage of transgender bill caps emotional day in Senate

Matt Murphy, Andy Metzger and Colin A. Young / State House News Service / Thursday, May 12, 2016

“The bill has encountered opposition from the Massachusetts Family Institute and more conservative lawmakers worried about infringing on the privacy of residents in intimate settings such as bathrooms, and the potential for a law to be abused.”

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Boston Globe Masthead

Mass. Senate passes transgender bill

Joshua Miller / The Boston Globe / Thursday, May 12, 2016

“The legislation, which now heads to the House, is aimed at protecting people who identify with a sex other than the one they were assigned at birth. It would specifically allow people to use the restrooms, locker rooms, and changing rooms that match their gender identity.

That’s prompted fears from opponents who claim that male sexual predators, under the guise of being transgender, could enter women’s restrooms and locker rooms. Proponents of the bill say those worries are unfounded.

‘We’re disappointed that the Senate has eliminated commonsense protections for women and children in public locker rooms, bathrooms, and changing facilities,’ said Andrew Beckwith, President of the Massachusetts Family Institute.”

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NECN

Massachusetts Senate Passes Transgender Rights Bill

Steve LeBlanc / NECN / Thursday, May 12, 2016

“Critics argue that male sexual predators could claim to identify as female to gain access to women’s restrooms or locker rooms.

Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith says women and children will have no protection against being exposed to men in locker rooms if the bill is passed.

‘If this legislation is passed, woman and children will have no protections against being ogled by, or exposed to, naked men,’ Beckwith said.”

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Worcester Business Journal

Transgender bill opponents argue case ahead of senate vote

Worcester Business Journal / State House News Service / Thursday, May 12, 2016

“A day before the state Senate plans to take up a bill establishing protections for transgender people using public facilities, opponents gathered at the State House to decry a provision in the bill they said could put women and girls at risk.

The bill bans discrimination based on gender identity and would allow people to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities that correspond with their gender identity rather than physical anatomy.

Speakers at a Massachusetts Family Institute press conference on Wednesday raised concerns that the bill’s language was too vague, opening up the possibility that predators could use it as cover to excuse their presence in women-only spaces.”

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WCVB- Boston ABC

State Senate approves transgender rights bill

WCVB / Associated Press / Thursday, May 12, 2016

“Opponents said the bill would violate the privacy rights of women and girls in bathrooms and locker rooms.

Critics argue that male sexual predators could claim to identify as female to gain access to women’s restrooms or locker rooms.

‘If this legislation is passed, woman and children will have no protections against being ogled by, or exposed to, naked men,’ said Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith.

Elizabeth Fournier also opposes the bill. The 18-year-old Seekonk resident said that while the bill tries to reduce the discomfort that transgender individuals might feel by being in a particular bathroom, it merely shifts the discomfort to others.

‘In many cases those who will suffer the most from this redistribution of discomfort are women and children,’ she said.

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MassLive

Massachusetts Senate to vote today on transgender public accommodations bill

Shira Schoenberg / MassLive / Thursday, May 12, 2016

“The bill has again revived debate over its implications for individual rights, privacy and safety.

‘We have some very serious concerns about the rights to privacy and safety for women and children in particular that would essentially be eliminated if the bill were to pass,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute.

Beckwith said the concern is that women would feel uncomfortable changing in a locker room in front of someone who is biologically male.

‘Take a man who was completely biologically and anatomically male, who identifies as a woman – he would be given free reign to enter women’s restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities and be naked in front of actual women, and actual women would be uncomfortable,’ Beckwith said.

At a protest Wednesday at the State House, opponents of the bill said it could be used as a cover for male sexual predators to enter women-only spaces, like restrooms.”

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Reuters

Massachusetts lawmakers to take up transgender rights bill

Scott Malone / Reuters / Thursday, May 12, 2016

“Opponents of the measure argue that allowing people to use bathrooms or locker rooms that do not correspond with their birth sex raises a risk of sexual assault.

‘The ‘bathroom bill’ will force women to undress or shower in the presence of men,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘This violates a fundamental right to personal privacy.'”

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Boston Herald

Massachusetts Senate to debate transgender rights bill

Boston Herald / Associated Press / Thursday, May 12, 2016

“Opponents say the bill would violate the privacy rights of girls and women.

Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith says women and children will have no protection against being exposed to naked men in locker rooms if the bill passes.”

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WCVB- Boston ABC

Foes of transgender bill say it would harm privacy rights: Massachusetts Family Institute urges lawmakers to reject proposal

WCVB / Associated Press / Thursday, May 11, 2016

“Opponents of a bill aimed at banning discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations in Massachusetts say it would violate the privacy rights of girls and women.

The Massachusetts Family Institute held a Statehouse press conference Wednesday to urge lawmakers to reject the proposal.

The Massachusetts Senate is set to debate the bill on Thursday.

Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith says women and children will have no protection against being exposed to naked men in locker rooms if the bill is passed.”

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WGBH

With Transgender Access Bill Set to Pass Senate, Pro and Con Forces Split the House

Mike Deehan / WGBH / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

“The Massachusetts Family Institute, a socially conservative advocacy group, hosted author Kaeley Triller at a press conference in the State House Wednesday and pressed the concerns shared by many in the state that opening the door of gender-specific accommodations to transgender people would create a threat to public safety. The law, they argue, would allow predatory men to claim a female gender identity in order to prey on women in gender-segregated areas.

‘The most important component of any safety plan is prevention. And that’s what this blurs,’ Triller, a sexual abuse survivor, said.

Triller said transgender people need reasonable accommodations and deserve respect for their safety and privacy.

‘But that doesn’t need to look like stripping voices from people who are already vulnerable. That doesn’t need to look like telling women to ‘get over it,” Triller, whose book  ‘A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About Transgender Bathrooms,’ told the crowd of around 50 people gathered at the State House’s Grand Staircase.”

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boston.com

Foes of transgender bill say it would harm privacy rights

Boston.com / Associated Press / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

“Opponents of a bill aimed at banning discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations in Massachusetts say it would violate the privacy rights of girls and women.

The Massachusetts Family Institute held a Statehouse press conference Wednesday to urge lawmakers to reject the proposal.

The Massachusetts Senate is set to debate the bill on Thursday.

Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith says women and children will have no protection against being exposed to naked men in locker rooms if the bill is passed.”

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New Boston Post

‘Bathroom bill’ comes under fire over privacy, safety

Evan Lips / NewBostonPost / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

“Opponents of a proposal that would let people in Massachusetts use sex-segregated public bathrooms and changing rooms of their choice, regardless of their anatomy, spoke out on Beacon Hill Wednesday against a growing chorus accusing them of discrimination.

Speaking to reporters at the State House, Kaeley Triller shot back at activists who hype the pending legislative proposal as anti-discriminatory.

‘When we hear buzzwords like discrimination the immediate human instinct is to recoil and say ‘I won’t have that,’’ Triller said. ‘And I think that’s a travesty because what is happening is that there are a lot of voices that are already silent too often, that have not been given a chance to be heard.’

Wednesday’s event, organized by the Massachusetts Family Institute, also featured remarks from two Republican House members, including Rep. Jim Lyons of Andover and Rep. Shaunna O’Connell of Taunton.

Andrew Beckwith, president of the institute, also refuted claims that the legislation is needed to prevent discrimination. Beckwith called the claims “simply false” and pointed out that state law gives people who feel they’ve been victims of improper treatment a way to take legal action before the state Commission Against Discrimination.

‘If this gender identity legislation were to pass then the process by which we address gender-discrimination claims concerning public accommodations will remain exactly as it is now,’ Beckwith asserted.

The commission has publicly endorsed the bill, claiming that it is needed to further clarify for employers the extent of anti-discrimination laws. Attorney General Maura Healey has also publicly backed the measure.

Beckwith countered that the commission has already adjudicated a series of gender-discrimination claims, including one in which it determined that a hospital acted improperly when a transgender man sought to give birth to a child via artificial insemination.

Beckwith also took aim at Healey, who has told women who would be uncomfortable sharing a restroom with a transgender man that ‘they can just hold it.’

‘I would ask the attorney general and I would ask legislators to listen very carefully to what Ms. Triller has to say,’ Beckwith said, shortly before Triller shared her story.”

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WBUR

State Senate To Take Up Transgender Public Accommodations Bill

WBUR / WBUR News and Wire Service / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Drew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, opposes the bill. He says there are already laws protecting transgender people from discrimination.

‘Many legislators may not understand exactly how this bill works and be taken in by discrimination in public places other than bathrooms and locker rooms,’ he said at a Wednesday press conference.

Sexual abuse survivor Kaeley Triller, who spoke on behalf of the Massachusetts Family Institute on Wednesday, urged leaders to vote against the measure.

‘Not a week will go by without you hearing about another creep trying to get into a girls bathroom and abusing her,’ she said. ‘And yet it’s OK to tell these women that their needs don’t matter, that they’re fear-mongering, and that they’re — this is what we call victim shaming. This is actually also what we call rape culture.'”

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Citizen Times

Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide

David Crary / Associated Press / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

“Some critics of the bill were unimpressed by the addition, citing concerns about privacy.

‘It still offers no protections to women and children who don’t want to be eyed by or exposed to naked men in locker rooms or other intimate spaces,’ said Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel for the Massachusetts Family Institute.”

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22 News WWLP

Mass. Senate to debate transgender rights bill on Thursday

WWLP Tiffany Chan / WWLP / Monday, May 09, 2016

“The Massachusetts Family Institute is opposed to allowing transgender people to use locker rooms and restrooms they feel most comfortable using. They believe such a law would put women and children in danger.”

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fallriver_herald_logo

Transgender rights bill headed to Statehouse for debate this week

Gerry Tuoti  / The Herald News / Monday, May 09, 2016

“While supporters of the bill say it would provide important protections to transgender people, opponents of the legislation have argued it could subject women and children to voyeurs and sexual predators.

‘We don’t think the Massachusetts Legislature should eliminate protections to women and children who expect public restrooms and locker rooms to remain lawfully sex segregated,’ said Andrew Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Family Institute.

Shields called the argument ‘ludicrous’ and said opponents ‘need to get their minds out of the gutter.’

‘Pedophiles and sex offenders have nothing to do with transgender people,’ she said.

Beckwith pointed to a February incident in Seattle in which a man entered a women’s locker room at a public pool while a girls’ swim team was changing for practice and claimed he had a legal right to be there under Washington state’s law. The man, according to reports from Washington, did not seem to identify as a woman.”

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charter tv

Transgender Bathrooms – Charter TV3 Worcester

Charter TV3 / Charter TV3 / Monday, May 09, 2016

Massachusetts Family Institute’s Andrew Beckwith discusses the Transgender Bathroom Bill in Massachusetts.

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CBS Boston - WBZ

NightSide – North Carolina Sues The Department Of Justice

Dan Rea / CBS Boston / Monday, May 09, 2016

“After the Department of Justice declared the so-called ‘bathroom bill’ in North Carolina a form of discrimination, the DOJ gave the state until the end of the day today to address the problem. The state of North Carolina has responded by suing the DOJ, calling the law a ‘common sense bodily privacy law.’ Andrew Beckwith, President of the Massachusetts Family Institute, sits down with Dan to explain why some people feel so strongly about this issue. Where do you stand?”

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newsmax tv

Amy Dardashtian, Roger Gannam, and Andrew Beckwith on NC’s lawsuit against the gov.

DML Unfiltered / Newmax / Monday, May 09, 2016

“Legal analyst Amy Dardashtian, the senior attorney at Liberty Counsel Roger Gannam, and the president of Massachusetts Family Institute Andrew Beckwith join Bill to discuss North Carolina’s lawsuit against the federal government over the transgender bathroom ban.”

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Gloucester Times

Transgender protections divide area lawmakers

Christian Wade / The Eagle Tribune / Wednesday, May 04, 2016

“‘It’s a misguided attempt to do the right thing,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘This is a case where one individual’s right to express themselves with a gender identity will violate another person’s right to privacy and perhaps even safety.'”

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The Salem News

Transgender protections divide area lawmakers

Christian Wade / The Eagle Tribune / Wednesday, May 04, 2016

“‘It’s a misguided attempt to do the right thing,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘This is a case where one individual’s right to express themselves with a gender identity will violate another person’s right to privacy and perhaps even safety.'”

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eagle tribune

Transgender protections divide local lawmakers

Christian Wade / The Eagle Tribune / Wednesday, May 04, 2016

“‘It’s a misguided attempt to do the right thing,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘This is a case where one individual’s right to express themselves with a gender identity will violate another person’s right to privacy and perhaps even safety.'”

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One News Now2

Obama’s Ed Dept. ‘outing’ Christian colleges

Steve Jordahl / OneNewsNow / Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Andrew Beckwith of Massachusetts Family Institute says the list is the latest in a relentless campaign by HRC and others to suppress freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association.

‘If they can find a way to eliminate federal funding of student loans, tax exemptions for property values and income by the school – any one of which would be almost a death blow to many schools – they will do that,’ says Beckwith.

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AP - associated press

Officials raise transgender pride flag at Boston City Hall

Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press / Tuesday, May 03, 2016

“Opponents have cited fears that a male sexual predator could falsely claim to identify as a female to gain access to a women’s bathroom or locker room. And the Massachusetts Family Institute has dismissed the House redraft saying it offers no protections to women and children who don’t want to be eyed by or exposed to naked men in locker rooms.”

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MassLive

Boston becomes first city in state, fourth in nation, to fly transgender flag outside City Hall

Gintautas Dumcius / MassLive / Monday, May 02, 2016

“Opponents say the legislation would open the door to privacy violations in women’s bathrooms. The Massachusetts Family Institute’s Jonathan Alexandre told the Associated Press that the House version of the bill ‘is essentially the same as it still offers no protections to women and children who don’t want to be eyed by or exposed to naked men in locker rooms or other intimate spaces.'”

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Star Tribune

Transgender pride flag raised at Boston City Hall

Steve LeBlanc / Star Tribune / Monday, May 02, 2016

“Opponents have cited fears that a male sexual predator could falsely claim to identify as a female to gain access to a women’s bathroom or locker room. And the Massachusetts Family Institute has dismissed the House redraft saying it offers no protections to women and children who don’t want to be eyed by or exposed to naked men in locker rooms.”

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New Boston Post

Local response strong, mixed over transgender rights

State House News Service / NewBostonPost / Monday, May 02, 2016

“Critics such as the Massachusetts Family Institute say the changes fall short of assuaging their concerns for the privacy and safety of women and girls in public restrooms and locker rooms, should the revised bill become law. Both versions would expand on a 2011 statute that bans discrimination against transgender people in the workplace and in housing to add guarantees of access to sex-segregated public facilities based on ‘gender identity’ rather than anatomy. The redrafted bill would let the state attorney general provide related ‘guidance or regulations’ to law enforcement.

‘This version of the bill is essentially the same, as it still offers no protections to women and children who don’t want to be eyed by or exposed to naked men in locker rooms or other intimate spaces,’ Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel for the institute, told the Associated Press on Friday.

The news service said Alexandre objected to giving Attorney General Maura Healey regulatory powers, saying Healey, a Democrat and an outspoken supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, has been dismissive of objections from the bill’s opponents. Healey, a Boston resident who was the first openly gay woman to be elected attorney general, has strongly supported the original measure.

‘I’d honestly like to know how she plans to keep my daughters safe if this bill she is supporting is passed,’ Andrew Beckwith, the family institute’s president, said in a statement posted on the organization’s website Friday, referring to Healey. ‘I hope the governor will have the good sense, and the courage, to veto it should it come to that.'”

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Worcester Telegram

Local response strong, mixed over transgender rights

Craig S. Semon / Worcester Telegram / Saturday, April 30, 2016

Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel at Massachusetts Family Institute, said the bill is unnecessary.

‘The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination is already successfully able to prosecute claims of gender identity discrimination in public accommodations under the current existing law,’ Mr. Alexandre said. ‘Back in 2011, when they already went over the transgender rights bill, the Legislature was clear that they wanted to keep bathrooms and locker rooms out of the bill.’
Mr. Alexandre, who did his undergraduate work at Anna Maria College and interned for Worcester Mayor Joseph C. O’Brien in 2011, explains the entire Section 2 of the bill applies to restrooms and single-sex segregated facilities (including locker rooms and fitting rooms) that are reserved for one sex or another. And, because ‘gender identity’ is such a vague standard, Mr. Alexandre said the bill, if passed, would allow anatomical males access to female bathrooms and locker rooms.
‘There is no medical history needed to prove whether you’re one gender or another. It doesn’t even require you to present or express yourself consistently as one gender or another,’ Mr. Alexandre said. ‘All it is that the individual believes in their mind that they’re one gender or another. And even if that’s against their biology and their anatomical sex, they can still use the bathroom of their choice.’
A redrafted version of the bill, made available to the Associated Press Friday by a House official, includes new language that would allow legal action against anyone who ‘asserts gender identity for an improper purpose.’
Mr. Alexandre said the new language does nothing to address their concerns.
‘This version of the bill offers no protections to women and children who don’t want to be ogled by or exposed to naked men in locker rooms and other intimate spaces, as evidenced by multiple recent cases across the country where such laws are in place,’ Mr. Alexandre said. ‘Instead, it gives special regulatory powers to the Attorney General, who is on record telling the millions of women and children in Massachusetts who are concerned about the bathroom bill’s threat to their privacy and safety, to just ‘hold it’.'”

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New Boston Post

‘Bathroom Bill’ given legislative push, with revisions

NBP Staff / NewBostonPost / Saturday, April 30, 2016

“At the Massachusetts Family Institute, leaders weren’t buying it.

‘This version of the bill is essentially the same, as it still offers no protections to women and children who don’t want to be eyed by or exposed to naked men in locker rooms or other intimate spaces,’ Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel for the institute, told AP.

The news service said Alexandre objected to giving Attorney General Maura Healey regulatory powers, saying Healey, an outspoken supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, has been dismissive of objections from the bill’s opponents. Healey, a Boston resident who was the first openly gay woman to be elected attorney general, has strongly supported the original measure.

Both versions of the bill would expand on a 2011 statute that bans discrimination against transgender people in the workplace and in housing. The redrafted bill would let the state attorney general provide ‘guidance or regulations’ to law enforcement, including how to deal with assertions of gender identity for ‘an improper purpose,’ AP reported.

‘I’d honestly like to know how she plans to keep my daughters safe if this bill she is supporting is passed,’ Andrew Beckwith, the family institute’s president, said in a statement posted on the organization’s website Friday, referring to Healey. ‘I hope the governor will have the good sense, and the courage, to veto it should it come to that.'”

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AP - associated press

Revised bill would address ‘improper’ gender identity claims

Bob Salsberg / AP / Friday, April 29, 2016

“Opponents have cited fears that a male sexual predator could falsely claim to identify as a female to gain access to a women’s bathroom or locker room.

One group, the Massachusetts Family Institute, quickly dismissed the House redraft.

‘This version of the bill is essentially the same as it still offers no protections to women and children who don’t want to be eyed by or exposed to naked men in locker rooms or other intimate spaces,’ said Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel for the institute.

He objected to giving Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey regulatory powers, saying Healey, an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights, has been dismissive of objections from the bill’s opponents.”

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WBUR

Transgender Public Accommodations Bill Moving Ahead In Legislature

Steve Brown / WBUR / Friday, April 29, 2016

Opponents of the legislation have claimed the law would open the door for male predators to disguise themselves as women to obtain access to female locker rooms and restrooms.

Opponents of the bill maintain the redrafted bill still doesn’t address privacy issues.

“This redraft of the bill does not offer any additional protections to women and children who do not want to be viewed, or looked at or have to expose themselves or be exposed to naked men in locker rooms,” said Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel for the Massachusetts Family Institute.

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Boston Globe Masthead

Controversial transgender bill headed for vote in House, Senate

Joshua Miller / The Boston Globe / Friday, April 29, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, slammed the House rewrite.

‘This version of the bill offers no protections to women and children who don’t want to be ogled by or exposed to naked men in locker rooms and other intimate spaces, as evidenced by multiple recent cases across the country where such laws are in place,’ he said in a statement.

Instead, Beckwith continued, ‘it gives special regulatory powers to the attorney general, who is on record telling the millions of women and children in Massachusetts who are concerned about the bathroom bill’s threat to their privacy and safety, to just ‘Hold it.’

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WRKO Talk Radio Boston

Maura Healey tells you to “hold it.”

Jeff Kuhner / WRKO / Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jeff Kuhner mentions MFI’s Andrew Beckwith response to Maura Healey’s “hold it” comment.

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WickedLocal Marblehead

State legislators consider ‘Bathroom Bill’

Danielle McLean / WickedLocal Marblehead / Thursday, April 28, 2016

“Somerville State Rep. Denise Provost, who is also a co-sponsor of the bill, said legislators are getting a lot of pushback from groups against the law like the Massachusetts Family Institute. She said following the passage of the 2012 law, several state representatives who supported the public accommodations portion of the law were targeted by opposition groups and some subsequently lost elections.”

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Boston Herald

Healey’s ‘hold it’ has critics hopping mad

Matt Stout / Boston Herald / Thursday, April 28, 2016

“‘If you’ve got that much of a problem, hold it,’ Healey said.

The comment drew immediate criticism from the head of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which has lobbied against the bill.

‘I think it’s hypocritical,’ Andrew Beckwith, the group’s president, said last night. ‘People like myself, organizations like the Massachusetts Family Institute that are concerned about the privacy and safety of all women and children … if we made a suggestion (about transgender people), if we said they’re expected to hold it, we would have been called bigots and haters and transphobic.

‘Here’s the attorney general, who is supposed to be the chief attorney for everyone in the commonwealth, and she’s telling people like my 6-year-old daughter that she has to hold it?'”

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the berkshire eagle

Panel shares experiences of being transgender in Massachusetts

Andy Metzger / State House News Service / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, who is lobbying against the transgender bill as president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, said the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination already enforces against transgender discrimination in public accommodations.

‘They already have the right to seek redress,’ said Beckwith. He said if discrimination against transgender people’s access to restaurants is within the bounds of the law, then the commission is ‘operating outside of the law.’

Beckwith pointed to an item in the commission’s 2013 annual report that said a complainant identifying as a man, but dressed in women’s clothing, was ‘allegedly subjected to hostile and discriminatory comments’ at a restaurant in Norfolk County, and as part of a settlement the restaurant chain agreed to pay the complainant $5,000.

Beckwith said transgender women, whom he refers to as men in women’s clothing suffering from a psychological disorder, can use single-stall bathrooms or the men’s room.

‘To have an anatomical male with a penis and a scrotum getting naked in a locker room with women and young girls, I think, is entirely inappropriate,’ Beckwith told the News Service.”

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CBS 6 - Albany

MA Senate leader eyes debate next month on transgender bill

Associated Press / CBS 6 – Albany / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

“Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, both Democrats, support the bill. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has said he opposes any form of discrimination but hasn’t committed to signing the measure if it reaches his desk.

Critics, including the Massachusetts Family Institute, say the bill raises concerns about the safety of women in restrooms and locker rooms.”

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WickedLocal Hamilton

Bill protecting gender identity draws supporters, critics

Danielle McLean / WickedLocal Hamilton / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

“Somerville State Rep. Denise Provost, who is co-sponsoring the bill, said legislators are getting a lot of pushback from groups against the law like the Massachusetts Family Institute, which may be influencing some decision-making. She said following the passage of the 2012 law, several state representatives who supported the public accommodations portion of the law were targeted by opposition groups like the Coalition for Marriage and Families.”

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Legal Talk Radio

North Carolina’s HB2 Controversy, Transgender Legislation, and Litigation

 Lawyer 2 Lawyer / Legal Talk Radio/ Monday, April 25, 2016

Supporters of the new law say it is a safety and privacy issue, protecting women and children from men who use the law as a pretense to deliberately enter the wrong restroom. Legislation involving the transgender community is not only happening in the state of North Carolina, but Mississippi and Tennessee have pushed similar legislation as well.

Andrew Beckwith is a graduate of Gordon College and the University of Minnesota Law School. Andrew is a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps Reserve where he holds the rank of major. He has also served as an immigration trial attorney for the Boston office of the Department of Homeland Security.”

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Spring of Hope

Spoken Word Radio Broadcast – Civil Rights vs Transgender Rights

 Talbert Swan / Spring of Hope Church of God in Christ / Monday, April 25, 2016

“Spoken Word Radio Broadcast with Bishop Talbert W. Swan, II on April 25, 2016. Topic(s) Civil Rights vs Transgender Rights. Bishop Swan speaks with Massachusett Family Institute Attorney Jonathan Alexandre and Bishop Patrick Wooden regarding proposed Bathroom Bills in MA, NC and across the nation and their comparison to laws passed in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement regarding African Americans.”

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WickedLocal Walpole

Baker on North Carolina law: ‘people should use the restroom facility they feel comfortable using’

Matt Murphy / State House News Service / Saturday, April 23, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, could not be reached Thursday night for comment on Baker’s statement about Trump, but earlier in the day told the News Service his group does not want anyone to be harassed or kicked out of public places.

‘The reason why this bill is referred as the bathroom bill is because that’s focused in on where there are real concerns about privacy and safety for an overwhelming majority of residents, especially women and children,’ Beckwith said. ‘No one is arguing that individuals with gender identity issues should be prevented from using a movie theater or a hospital, but there are some facilities that are lawfully sex-segregated for what should be very obvious reasons. That’s where the rubber hits the road.'”

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New Boston Post

Baker offers fresh hints on ‘bathroom bill’ stance

 / NewBostonPost / Friday, April 22, 2016

“Bathroom bill opponent Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, earlier in the day told the News Service that his group doesn’t want anyone to be harassed or kicked out of public places.

‘The reason why this bill is referred as the bathroom bill is because that’s focused in on where there are real concerns about privacy and safety for an overwhelming majority of residents, especially women and children,’ Beckwith said. ‘No one is arguing that individuals with gender identity issues should be prevented from using a movie theater or a hospital, but there are some facilities that are lawfully sex-segregated for what should be very obvious reasons. That’s where the rubber hits the road.'”

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arlington patch

Arlington’s Gender Identity Protections Article Faces Nearly No Pushback

/ Arlington Patch / Friday, April 22, 2016

“However, groups such as the Massachusetts Family Institute are against the legislation, which fears that allowing such legislation to pass could put the safety of citizens (particularly women and children) at risk by allowing members of the opposite sex into public restrooms.”

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WGBH

The Debate Over Transgender Rights Legislation

Jim Braude / WGBH / Friday, April 22, 2016

MFI Legal Counsel Jonathan Alexandre speaks out against the Bathroom Bill.

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The Tufts Daily

Editorial: An end to discrimination against transgender people

Tufts Daily / Tufts Daily / Thursday, April 21, 2016

“There are still individuals and organizations, including the Massachusetts Family Institute, who oppose the bill supposedly out of concern for the safety of women and children.  Women and children are thought to be at risk from sexual predators who would choose to use women’s bathrooms in order to harass or assault women and girls.”

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Worcester Telegram

Baker, Healey weigh in on transgender debate

Colin A. Young and Andy Metzger / State House News Service / Thursday, April 21, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, said his organization opposes what it refers to as ‘the bathroom bill,’ but does not want anyone to be harassed or kicked out of public places.

‘The reason why this bill is referred as the bathroom bill is because that’s focused in on where there are real concerns about privacy and safety for an overwhelming majority of residents, especially women and children,’ Beckwith said. ‘No one is arguing that individuals with gender identity issues should be prevented from using a movie theater or a hospital, but there are some facilities that are lawfully sex-segregated for what should be very obvious reasons. That’s where the rubber hits the road.'”

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christianity today

Christians worldwide take a stand and unite in prayer for the persecuted as persecution rises to ‘unprecedented level’

Shianee Mamanglu-Regala / Christianity Today / Monday, April 18, 2016

“FRC said seven leading international religious liberty groups have come together to call on others to stand with the persecuted. They include Open Doors, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, The Voice of the Martyrs, In Defense of Christians, Christian Solidarity Worldwide-USA, International Christian Concern, and 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.

Prominent Christian leaders James Robison, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor of Cross Church (Springdale, AR), JC Church of Victory in Truth Ministries (Bucyrus, OH), Pastor Scott Craig of Big Horn Christian Ministries (Rapid City, SD), Senior Pastor Denny Stahl of Calvary Chapel Grants Pass, OR, Senior Pastor Robert Hall of Calvary Chapel Rio Rancho, NM, Senior Pastor Chuck Vizthum of Whole Life Christian Fellowship (Sturgis, MI), Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church (La Mesa, CA) and Associate Pastor Kris Mineau of Trinity Evangelical (North Redding, MA) reportedly participated in the activity.”

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The Sun Chronicle

Heard on Beacon Hill

The Sun Chronicle / The Sun Chronicle / Sunday, April 17, 2016

“‘I reject that claim. It’s false politics. Intellectually dishonest.’ – Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel of the Massachusetts Family Institute on statements that have compared the transgender rights movement to the black civil rights movement.”

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Charisma News

How Churches Across Nation Will Stand With the Persecuted

J.P. Duffy or Alice Chao / Charisma News / Friday, April 15, 2016

“As Christians around the world face unprecedented levels of persecution, Family Research Council is joining an effort to call upon churches across America to stand with the persecuted. Prominent Christian leaders such James Robison, JC Church of Victory in Truth Ministries (Bucyrus, Ohio), Pastor Scott Craig of Big Horn Christian Ministries (Rapid City, South Dakota), Senior Pastor Denny Stahl of Calvary Chapel Grants Pass, Oregon, Senior Pastor Robert Hall of Calvary Chapel Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Senior Pastor Chuck Vizthum of Whole Life Christian Fellowship (Sturgis, Michigan), Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church (La Mesa, California) and Associate Pastor Kris Mineau of Trinity Evangelical (North Redding, Massachusetts) will be participating in Stand with the Persecuted Sunday.”

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WCVB- Boston ABC

Baker on transgender bill flap: ‘I don’t take postions’ on pending legislation

WCVB / WCVB / Thursday, April 14, 2016

MFI President Emeritus and Board Chair Kris Mineau speaks out against the Bathroom Bill.

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New Boston Post

Baker jeered by ‘bathroom bill’ backers demanding a commitment

Evan Lips / NewBostonPost / Thursday, April 14, 2016

“Baker continued by saying, ‘my recommendation to all of you is to continue to have those conversations,’ at which point activists in the crowd accused of him not meeting with them. One person could be heard saying, ‘close the doors to Mass. Family,’ an apparent reference to the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute, a group that has lobbied hard against the ‘bathroom bill’ and claims its passage could lead to situations in which men dress up as women to gain access to locker rooms and restrooms.”

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WBUR

Baker Booed At LGBT Event Over Transgender Bill

WBUR News and Wire Services / WBUR / Thursday, April 14, 2016

“An opponent of the legislation, Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel for the Massachusetts Family Institutetold WBUR earlier this month that ‘the Legislature has a responsibility to protect the rights and privacy of women and children in public restrooms, showers and locker rooms.'”

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Rainbow Times

Planned Parenthood Pushes for Comprehensive Sexual Education Bill Passage in Mass.

Luke Sherman / The Rainbow Times / Thursday, April 07, 2016

“But opponents of the legislation contend that Beacon Hill should not impose curricula on individual schools.

‘SB 2062, An Act Relative to Healthy Youth, would effectively impose a one-size-fits-all approach to sexual health education on public schools in Massachusetts,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘We believe local school districts should retain the right to determine which curricula are appropriate for their students through the input of parents and educators in their own community.’

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iron sharpens iron radio

Andrew Beckwith on Iron Sharpens Iron

Chris Arnzen / Iron Sharpens Iron / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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WGBH

Healey To DeLeo: Put Transgender Bill To A Vote

Mike Deehan / WGBH / Monday, April 04, 2016

“Opponents of the bill say opening up all public bathrooms to transgender individuals could result in predators taking advantage of the law and becoming threats to children.

‘There’s still a lot of concern about the impact from this bill and that’s been voiced by the governor as well as members of the legislature,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute.

Beckwith says the Legislature got in right in 2011 when they took the accommodations language out of the bill.

‘We believe the 2011 bill provided thorough means for addressing discrimination but also did not include the bathrooms and restrooms and other areas without public accommodations, areas very much a concern for children and women in particular,’ Beckwith said.

Beckwith said he and his organization were ‘encouraged by what the legislature and governor did in North Carolina in protecting the privacy and safety of their people,’ and hope that the government here keeps the bill in Committee, away from a floor vote.”

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The American Conservative

Sexual Revolution: Past Is Prologue

Rod Dreher / The American Conservative / Thursday, March 31, 2016

“A reader named Andrew Beckwith, a lawyer and president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, sent the following e-mail in response to my earlier post on religious liberty. I post it with his permission:

You mentioned Professor Dale Carpenter.  I took his “Sexuality and the Law” class at the University of Minnesota Law School in the 2002-2003 academic year.  That class was a large reason for why I now work full-time in a deep blue state to fight for family values and religious liberty.  His class told me what was coming.  Don’t get me wrong, Dale was a nice guy and an encouraging and intelligent professor, but in his class on sexuality and the law, we marched through in theory what we’ve been living in law and culture over the past decade…”

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WBUR

Transgender Public Accommodations Bill Remains Stalled In Mass. Legislature

Steve Brown / WBUR / Friday, April 01, 2016

“Opponents of the legislation have been making their case as well, in the hopes the bill will remain stuck in committee.

‘The Legislature has a responsibility to protect the rights and privacy of women and children in public restrooms, showers and locker rooms. So that’s paramount,’ said Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel for the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘We’ve been here before. In 2011, when the transgender bill was passed, the Legislature specifically removed public accommodations, understanding that that wasn’t an area that would create a safe situation for the citizens here in Massachusetts.'”

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lowell sun

Transgender rights battle heating up on Beacon Hill

Heather Goldin / Lowell Sun / Thursday, March 31, 2016

Massachusetts Family Institute spokesman Jonathan Alexandre, who testified against the anti-discrimination bill last year before the joint judicial committee, said that separating facilities based on anatomical sex and not gender identity is not a matter of discrimination.

‘There’s no rational basis to separate folks in bathrooms based on the color of their skin, but there is a basis to separate folks based on anatomical sex,’ Alexandre said. He also said that there is a safety risk associated with two sexes using private facilities at the same time.”

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Yes Weekly

Get the ‘T’ out of LGBT

Jim Longworth / Yes! Weekly / Wednesday, March 30, 2016

“One District 211 school official told the Chicago Tribune, ‘The students in our schools are teenagers, not adults, and one’s gender is not the same as one’s anatomy. Our responsibility as school administrators is to protect the privacy rights of all of our students.’

In addition, Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute told the AP, ‘Boys need to use boys’ restrooms, and we base that on anatomical sex, not some sort of internalized gender identity.’ Beckwith also warned that policies being forced upon local schools by federal courts, ‘put transgender kids at higher risk for peer ostracism, victimization, and bullying.'”

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NECN

The Take: Debating NC’s Transgender Bathroom Law

Sue O’Connell / New England Cable News / Tuesday, March 29, 2016

“Guest Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute, discusses whether North Carolina is wrong to deny public restroom access on the basis of gender-at-birth.”

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eagle tribune

Attorney General Maura Healey presses for transgender rights bill

Steve LeBlance / Associated Press / Sunday, March 20, 2016

“Opponents – including the Massachusetts Family Institute – say the bills would endanger the privacy and safety of women and children in public bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms, and allow sexual predators to claim confusion about their gender to gain access to private areas.”

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WCVB- Boston ABC

Attorney General Maura Healey presses for transgender rights bill

WCVB / WCVB / Saturday, March 19, 2016

“Opponents – including the Massachusetts Family Institute – say the bills would endanger the privacy and safety of women and children in public bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms, and allow sexual predators to claim confusion about their gender to gain access to private areas.”

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One News Now2

Teachers unions back open restrooms bill

Bob Kellogg / OneNewsNow / Friday, March 18, 2016

“The Massachusetts Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts back legislation that would subject women and girls to adult males invading their privacy. Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute isn’t surprised that the teachers unions are going this direction.

‘Unfortunately we’ve seen this type of behavior from the Massachusetts Teachers Association and other public school teachers unions that are vocal advocates for basically the entire spectrum of the LGBTQ agenda,’ he says. ‘So this is just the most recent iteration of that.’

Even if the bill passes, he’s hopeful a potential gubernatorial veto can’t be overridden.

‘Fortunately, there are enough legislators who have heard from enough of their constituents that they don’t want this,’ he tells OneNewsNow. ‘And they don’t have the super-majority that they would need to overcome what we hope would be a gubernatorial veto if it were to pass.'”

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WCVB- Boston ABC

Bruins’ Bergeron, Caitlyn Jenner backing Mass. transgender bill

WCVB / WCVB / Thursday, March 17, 2016

“In a statement, the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, Andrew Beckwith, said, ‘We continue to be very concerned about the right to privacy and safety for biological women and children, and this bill does nothing to protect them.'”

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Worcester Telegram

Mass. extends reporting deadline on bill protecting public accommodations rights for transgendered

Trisha Thadani / Worcester Telegram / Thursday, March 17, 2016

“A main point of contention has been the bathroom component, which would allow transgenders people to use the bathroom for the gender of which they identify. Opponents fear that this provision could be used inappropriately.

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Families Institute, which supports traditional family values, said this bill would endanger the privacy and safety of women and children in public bathrooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms.

Mr. Beckwith said that since the definition of ‘gender identity’ is very broad, it would be hard to enforce. For example, he said, there is no requirement of a person to show any proof that they identify a certain way before going into a gender-specified bathroom.

The lack of specific language in the bill, he said, leaves a lot of room for abuse.

‘With the way that these laws are written, there is no way to know what is going on inside of someone’s head,” he said. “Because, according to the law, as long as he self-identifies one way, it’s not binding … anatomy matters. How they identify isn’t relevant, it’s what they are.'”

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Newburyport Daily News

Limits asked on school surveys: Provocative questions raise concerns among lawmakers

Christian Wade / Newburyport Daily News / Wednesday, March 16, 2016

“Conservative groups say the incident also highlights a need to involve parents in questions about sexual activity.

‘It’s ironic that if you want Tylenol from the school nurse or go on a trip to the museum, you need to get a permission slip,’ said Andrew Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘But if you want to expose children to graphic sexual and violent ideas, you don’t need any permission.'”

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eagle tribune

Beacon Hill targets school sex surveys

Christian Wade / Eagle Tribune / Wednesday, March 16, 2016

“Conservative groups say the incident also highlights a need to involve parents in questions about sexual activity.

‘It’s ironic that if you want Tylenol from the school nurse or go on a trip to the museum, you need to get a permission slip,’ said Andrew Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘But if you want to expose children to graphic sexual and violent ideas, you don’t need any permission.'”

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Life-Site-News

Teachers unions back bill allowing adult males to shower with young girls in Massachusetts

Ben Johnson / LifeSite / Monday, March 14, 2016

“‘The transgender lobbying organization ‘Freedom Massachusetts’ is backed by dozens of insurance companies, law firms, big banks and San Francisco tech companies trying to force their values on all of us,’ according to the Massachusetts Family Institute, which is also fighting the bill.”

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Boston Globe Masthead

Education groups to back transgender rights bill

David Scharfenberg / The Boston Globe / Monday, March 14, 2016

“‘You have a zero-sum game of privacy rights,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute. “Folks who are struggling with gender identity issues have unique privacy concerns, but those [run] up against the privacy concerns of everyone else.’’

‘I think it’s irresponsible, at minimum, to say that one student’s privacy interests trumps everyone else’s,’ Beckwith said.”

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WND Faith

Paul Ryan: ‘We stand for women, the unborn’

Bob Unruh / World Net Daily / Wednesday, March 02, 2016

“Reuters reported if that happens, it surely could encourage other states to pass similar laws.

In fact, the Massachusetts Family Institute announced at the same time as the hearing was going on that a bill was pending before the state legislature that would address health and safety concerns at abortion businesses.

The organization pointed out the double standard – tanning booths, hair salons and veterinary offices are all subject to licensure and inspection requirements, but abortion clinics are not.

The state’s Woman’s Safety Act (House Bill 2039) seeks to rectify this by holding all abortion facilities to basic health and safety standards.”

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New Boston Post

Pro-life advocates urge action

Kara Bettis / NewBostonPost / Wednesday, March 02, 2016

“Called the Woman’s Safety Act (HB 2039), the bill would hold abortion facilities in Massachusetts to “basic health and safety standards,” according to the Massachusetts Family Institute. Co-sponsors include Rep. Elizabeth Poirier, a North Attleborough Republican, and Rep. John Rogers, a Norwood Democrat, as well as six other lawmakers. Despite the bipartisan support, the bill has not progressed beyond a hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Health in June 2015.

In 2014, Bay State voters in 11 legislative districts were asked if lawmakers should support a law to license and inspect facilities of abortion providers. More than 70 percent said yes, according to the Massachusetts Citizens for Life, which has also supported the local legislation.

The pro-life advocacy group says current Bay State regulations require licenses and inspections for veterinarian offices, tanning and hair salons but not abortion clinics. The Massachusetts Family Institute, based in Woburn, decried that double standard in a statement Wednesday about the court case over the Texas law.”

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Patheos

Did a Massachusetts court ban Christian schools?

Gene Veith / Patheos / Wednesday, February 24, 2016

“From Loredana Vuoto, Did a Massachusetts court ruling essentially ban Catholic schools? :: Catholic News Agency (CNA):

A Massachusetts court ruling against a Catholic school may have set a dangerous precedent that interferes with religious schools’ ability to hire staff consistent with their mission, critics said.

‘This court decision makes it impossible for faith-based institutions to survive,’ Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told CNA.

Beckwith was responding to a court ruling that Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Milton, Mass., violated state anti-discrimination laws. The ruling suggested that religious freedom exemptions do not apply to the school because it accepts non-Catholic students.”

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New Boston Post

Bathroom bill, abortion funding targeted by activists’ lobbying

Evan Lips / NewBostonPost / Wednesday, February 24, 2016 

“More than 50 Bay State residents, all with passionately held pro-family views, rallied in the State House Wednesday and fanned out to lobby lawmakers on bills that could affect public funding for abortion providers, the future of sex education, and personal privacy while expanding access for transgender persons to public bathrooms and school locker rooms.

The Massachusetts Family Institute and its president, Andrew Beckwith, led the day of advocacy among members of the House of Representatives and Senate. Topping the activists’ list of legislation was a proposal introduced last month by state Rep. James Lyons (R-Andover) demanding an end to the practice of steering taxpayer money to a leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.”

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Answers for the Faith

Massachusetts: Court Ruling May Doom Religious Schools in the State?

Dr. D / Answers For the Faith / Thursday, February 18, 2016

“A recent Massachusetts court ruling may make it very difficult for faith-based religious schools to exist in the state. Here’s the story from CNA:

Boston, Mass., Feb 15, 2016 / 04:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Massachusetts court ruling against a Catholic school may have set a dangerous precedent that interferes with religious schools’ ability to hire staff consistent with their mission, critics said. ‘This court decision makes it impossible for faith-based institutions to survive,’ Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told CNA.

Beckwith was responding to a court ruling that Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Milton, Mass., violated state anti-discrimination laws. The ruling suggested that religious freedom exemptions do not apply to the school because it accepts non-Catholic students.

‘If this decision stands, it will either force faith-based schools to close their doors to anyone who is not of the same religion or they will have to give up their beliefs and hire without any regard to faith which will ultimately cease to make them faith-based institutions,’ Beckwith said.” 

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Catholic Channel

Andrew Beckwith on “Seize the Day”

Gus Lloyd / The Catholic Channel – Sirius XM / Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, calls in to talk about a court ruling in his state that Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Milton, Mass., violated state anti-discrimination laws by rescinding a job offer to a cafeteria director after it discovered he was in a same-sex marriage. The ruling suggested that religious freedom exemptions do not apply to the school because it accepts non-Catholic students. Andrew talks about what they’re doing to help appeal this ruling and the dangerous precedent this could set.”

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Catholic Online

Lawsuit over employee’s same-sex marriage may render Catholic schools obsolete

Loredana Vuoto / Catholic Online / Tuesday, February 16, 2016

“‘This court decision makes it impossible for faith-based institutions to survive,’Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told CNA.

Beckwith was responding to a court ruling that Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Milton, Mass., violated state anti-discrimination laws. The ruling suggested that religious freedom exemptions do not apply to the school because it accepts non-Catholic students.

‘If this decision stands, it will either force faith-based schools to close their doors to anyone who is not of the same religion, or they will have to give up their beliefs and hire without any regard to faith which will ultimately cease to make them faith-based institutions,’ Beckwith said.”

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NECN

Broadside: 2016 Referendum on Scalia

Sue O’Connell / New England Cable News / Tuesday, February 16, 2016

“Guest Andrew Beckwith of the MA Family Institute discusses the 2016 Referendum on Justice Scalia.”

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Angelus News

Did a Massachusetts court ruling essentially ban Catholic schools?

Loredana Vuoto / Catholic News Agency / Monday, February 15, 2016

“A Massachusetts court ruling against a Catholic school may have set a dangerous precedent that interferes with religious schools’ ability to hire staff consistent with their mission, critics said.

‘This court decision makes it impossible for faith-based institutions to survive,’ Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told CNA.

Beckwith was responding to a court ruling that Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Milton, Mass., violated state anti-discrimination laws. The ruling suggested that religious freedom exemptions do not apply to the school because it accepts non-Catholic students.

‘If this decision stands, it will either force faith-based schools to close their doors to anyone who is not of the same religion or they will have to give up their beliefs and hire without any regard to faith which will ultimately cease to make them faith-based institutions,’ Beckwith said.”

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CNA Catholic News Agency

Did a Massachusetts court ruling essentially ban Catholic schools?

Loredana Vuoto / Catholic News Agency / Monday, February 15, 2016

“A Massachusetts court ruling against a Catholic school may have set a dangerous precedent that interferes with religious schools’ ability to hire staff consistent with their mission, critics said.

‘This court decision makes it impossible for faith-based institutions to survive,’ Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told CNA.

Beckwith was responding to a court ruling that Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Milton, Mass., violated state anti-discrimination laws. The ruling suggested that religious freedom exemptions do not apply to the school because it accepts non-Catholic students.

‘If this decision stands, it will either force faith-based schools to close their doors to anyone who is not of the same religion or they will have to give up their beliefs and hire without any regard to faith which will ultimately cease to make them faith-based institutions,’ Beckwith said.”

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WickedLocal Norwood

DeLeo counting votes on transgender bill

State House News Service / WickedLocal Norwood / Saturday, February 06, 2016

“Activists are arrayed on both sides of the issue. Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, has praised the bill’s opponents for their activism. After the House and Senate broke for the holidays without taking up the bill, Beckwith called it a ‘huge win.'”

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New Boston Post

DeLeo begins counting votes on transgender Bathroom Bill

State House News Service / NewBostonPost / Thursday, February 04, 2016

“Activists are arrayed on both sides of the issue. Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, has praised the bill’s opponents for their activism. After the House and Senate broke for the holidays without taking up the bill, Beckwith called it a ‘huge win.'”

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New Boston Post

David Daleiden: Saint or Sinner?

Kris Mineau / NewBostonPost / Thursday, January 21, 2016

“David Daleiden, the 28-year-old founder of the Center for Medical Progress, infiltrated the National Abortion Federation, Planned Parenthood, and Stem Express to expose — in graphic homemade videos — that abortionists not only kill babies, but also butcher them and sell their hearts, kidneys, lungs, brains, and other organs for profit. These videos show employees of these organizations joking about and minimizing the dignity of the lives they destroy as they pick their way through baby body parts to select the most valuable ones to offer to those who will pay a premium for the best selection.

Did Daleiden do the right thing? Is he a saint or someone who trespassed into private meetings and one who broke state and federal laws to uncover the macabre side of the abortion industry?

Kris Mineau is the Board Chairman at the Massachusetts Family Institute.”

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The Huntington News

Sports teams endorse bill for transgender rights

Kate Schneider / The Huntington News / Thursday, January 21, 2016

“Opponents of the bill have raised privacy and safety objections, especially regarding the integration of public locker rooms and bathrooms.

‘Laws are used to protect vulnerable people, especially women and children,’ said Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel and public policy director for the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘We can not allow a situation to occur where a young girl is changing in a locker room and a male-born transgender person is allowed to come in. It is just too hard to control and the right can easily be taken advantage of.'”

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New Boston Post

Is income inequality in Boston morally wrong?

Robert Bradley / NewBostonPost / Tuesday, January 19, 2016

“In Massachusetts, finishing high school is especially important, as the economy here requires educational achievement to get a good job. Those who drop out of high school have little chance for economic success. A recent publication from Massachusetts Family Institute provided data that showed that students from fatherlessness families have twice the risk of being high- school dropouts as students from married couple households. And the percentage of fatherless families in Massachusetts major cities runs from 45 percent to 65 percent.”

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New Boston Post

The faith of a King

Jonathan Alexandre / NewBostonPost / Monday, January 18, 2016

“The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is widely celebrated as the most notable icon of the civil rights movement. But perhaps he ought to be celebrated first and foremost for his role as a preacher and as a Christian pastor.

King’s role as a Christian minister was at the heart of everything that he sought to achieve in the civil rights movement. As the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, King based not only his preaching, but also his political philosophy and commitment to justice on his religious beliefs. Dr. King came from a deep legacy of faith. His faith was one that saw its best fruition in moments of crisis and adversity and faced hardship with courage and the hope of a better tomorrow.”

Jonathan Alexandre is Legal Counsel to the Massachusetts Family Institute

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Boston Globe Masthead

Should the state ban discrimination against transgender people in public places

Jonathan Alexandre / The Boston Globe / Friday, January 15, 2016

“‘NO’ – Jonathan AlexandreBrockton resident, legal counsel to the Massachusetts Family Institute

Supporters of the ‘bathroom bill’ have disguised their movement as a civil rights issue with both the Massachusetts Jonathan Alexandreattorney general and co-sponsors of the legislation making analogies to segregation and race-based discrimination against black Americans. As a person of color, I strenuously object to the false narrative of equating ‘gender identity’ and race…”

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New Boston Post

Is income inequality morally wrong?

Robert Bradley / NewBostonPost / Friday, January 08, 2016

“The other major reason for income inequality is the dramatic breakdown of the traditional two parent family in America. The numbers  are so overwhelmingly clear that even President Obama was forced to address this theme in 2010, writing, ‘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. And in Massachusetts, more than a third of all children live in single parent homes.”

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