WND Faith

California petition to put bathroom-privacy on ballot

Bob Unruh / WND / Saturday, December 05, 2015

“In a statement released by the Massachusetts Family Institute, traditional family advocates straightened out some statements released earlier by Attorney General Maura Healey, a strong advocate of protections for transgenders.

Healey claimed the state does not, in fact, ‘adequately protect transgender people from discrimination in places of public accommodation.’

But attorney Andrew Beckwith, president of Massachusetts Family Institute, said that’s not quite the situation in the state.

His new memo to lawmakers said the state’s Commission Against Discrimination already protects transgenders in almost every way.

‘As early as 2001, a ruling of the full commission declared, ‘We … hold that ‘sex’ discrimination, as prohibited by chapter 151B, includes a prohibition against discrimination against transsexual individuals,” he explained.

‘Only exception’ now targeted

With the only exception being for bathrooms and locker rooms.

‘What is it then, that advocates of HB 1577 see as inadequate in MCAD’s application of existing law? In a word, bathrooms. MCAD, taking its cues from the Supreme Judicial Court and the MA Legislature has liberally construed the existing nondiscrimination laws regarding sex to include gender identity and transgenderism. However, the Commonwealth’s public accommodation laws include a specific exemption for claims of discrimination based on sex when bathrooms and single-sex fitness facilities are involved,’ he wrote.”

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Yes Weekly

Houston, we have a problem (with transgenders)

Jim Longworth / Yes! Weekly / Wednesday, December 02, 2015

“District 211 officials 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.’ And, following the Massachusetts ruling, Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute told the Associated Press, ‘Boys need to use boys rest rooms, and we base that on anatomical sex, not some sort of internalized gender identity.’ Beckwith also wisely warned that policies being put in place by the Feds actually put transgender kids at higher risk for ‘peer ostracism, victimization, and bullying.’ In other words, those recent rulings aren’t good for anyone, yet similar cases are still clogging up the courts, including two now being decided in Virginia and South Carolina.

If the Transgender movement wants to advance, it needs to teach certain parents about compromise and common courtesy. It also needs to focus future referendums on achieving rights, and not demanding special privileges. If they fail in that regard, they risk diluting their message and their mission. As such, the Houston vote should be a wake-up call for Transgender activists, and a rally cry for those of us who resent government threats and intrusions.”

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Boston Globe Masthead

Lawmakers considering ban on “conversion therapy”

David Scharfenberg / The Boston Globe / Tuesday, December 01, 2015

“Opponents say assault is not the only concern; there are also worries about privacy for women and girls who might feel uncomfortable sharing a locker room with a man who identifies as a woman.

The conservative Massachusetts Family Institute has pressed the point in testimony and phone calls to legislators.

‘We believe that the concerns we’ve expressed, that this would violate the privacy rights of the majority of citizens in Massachusetts — particularly women and children — were heard by enough of the representatives that they didn’t have the votes to bring it forward,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the institute.”

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FOX_25_WFXT_Boston

Lawmakers considering ban on “conversion therapy”

Fox 25 / Fox 25 / Monday, November 23, 2015

“‘Limiting treatment options for children is not what the state should be in the business of doing,’ said Andrew Beckwith.

Beckwith is president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, representing family rights.

‘We believe that all people including children have a right to self determination when it comes to questions of sexual orientation and the government shouldn’t be limiting their options,’ said Beckwith.

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Sentinel & Enterprise

Quotable Quotes

Sentinel & Enterprise Sentinel & Enterprise / Monday, November 23, 2015

“‘(It) needlessly eliminates local control on sensitive issues surrounding sex education and leads directly to the promotion of offensive and age-inappropriate material to young children.’

Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith on the sex-education bill.”

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The Patriot Post

Mass. Casualty: The State’s Bathroom Bill

Tony Perkins / The Patriot Post / Saturday, November 21, 2015

“The Massachusetts House recessed from its final session of the calendar year without so much as taking up the bathroom ordinance! As Andrew Beckwith from the Massachusetts Family Institute pointed out, ‘This is huge win’ — not just for the safety and privacy in our bathrooms, but for the continued momentum of common sense.

‘Transgender activists have been putting incredible pressure on legislators for weeks now.’ But because concerned citizens ‘flooded the State House with phone calls… we started hearing that the vote would be delayed until today and then, finally, postponed until sometime in 2016.’

Although the issue will almost certainly rear its ugly head next year, this is powerful example of what can be accomplished when we make our voices heard!”

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Federalist Papers Project

Guess Which SEX ACT Schools Are Teaching To 11-Year-Olds

Robert Gehl / The Federalist Papers Project / Saturday, November 21, 2015

“EAGNews is reporting that the Massachusetts Family Institute is trying to get the word out about what is being taught to 11- and 12-year-olds.

‘When the average legislator sees this till, it seems innocuous enough, but it involves some pretty obscene stuff,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which will lobby against the bill in the state House in January, following the legislature’s holiday recess.”

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MassLive

Transgender ‘Bathroom Bill’ stalls amid Democrats’ questions

 Shira Schoenberg / Springfield Republican / Thursday, November 19, 2015

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, sees the issue differently. ‘The bottom line is it takes away local control from school committees and parents and puts it in the hands of state bureaucrats,’ Beckwith said. He added, ‘If you look at the type of curriculum schools would use, they are extraordinarily offensive.'”

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New Boston Post

Transgender ‘Bathroom Bill’ stalls amid Democrats’ questions

Kara Bettis / NewBostonPost / Wednesday, November 18, 2015

“Healey and pro-family advocacy group Massachusetts Family Institute battled last week through memos urging lawmakers to back their differing points of view. Transgender activists rallied at the State House in September to encourage passage of the legislation.”

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New Boston Post

Transgender ‘Bathroom Bill’ wins DeLeo’s support

NBP Staff / NewBostonPost / Tuesday, November 17, 2015

“‘We know it’s coming back in the new year,’ said Andrew Beckwith, the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, a Woburn-based nonprofit research and advocacy organization. In an interview with the NewBostonPost. He said his group is ‘continuing to monitor it, letting people know what the impact is coming back for the privacy and safety of women and children.’

Delaying action on the transgender bill could make its passage more difficult in an election year in 2016 when members might be more reluctant to take controversial votes, but DeLeo said his intention is not to stall the bill.

‘I think I have to have some more discussion with members to actually see where they are on it before we discuss if and when it would come up,’ he said.”

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New Boston Post

Sex-ed bill to strip local control of content nears vote

Evan Lips / NewBostonPost / Tuesday, November 17, 2015

“Conservative groups are voicing concerns over a sex-education bill that they say would strip control of course content from local authorities and impose state-mandated requirements if it passes into law. A full Senate vote on the measure is set for Wednesday.

While the proposal does not appear to force school districts to provide sex-ed to students, it would mandate new standards for those that already have such courses or that would create them in the future, according to language in the proposal. Opponents say the bill would require those high schools to teach underage girls how to obtain an abortion without the consent of their parents.

‘The push-back from supporters of the bill is that it doesn’t mandate anything,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘But then why was the bill drafted in the first place?’

Beckwith objects to what he said the state considers to be ‘age-appropriate,’ including information about prophylactic devices to protect 12-year-olds from sexually-transmitted diseases during oral sex.

‘This bill would also require schools to teach high-school girls how to get an abortion without parental consent,’ Beckwith said in a statement about the proposal released Monday. ‘And that is despite the fact that many of those students would be under the legal age of consent for sex in the first place.'”

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Townhall

New Massachusetts Sex Ed Bill Could Allow 11-Year-Olds to Partake in Sexual “Role Plays”

Cortney O’Brien / TownHall / Tuesday, November 17, 2015

“The Massachusetts Family Institute is deeply concerned about Senate Bill 2048, legislation that would permit educators to incorporate some controversial lessons into their sexual health curricula. The state Senate is expected to vote on the bill in the coming weeks.

Instead of local school districts and parents deciding what content is suitable for children regarding sexual education, those decisions would now be in the hands of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

‘SB2048 needlessly eliminates local control on sensitive issues surrounding sex education and leads directly to the promotion of offensive and age-inappropriate material to young children,’ said MFI President Andrew Beckwith.”

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WND Faith

Transgenders Put Bull’s-Eye on Bathroom Doors

Bob Unruh / WND / Thursday, November 12, 2015

“But attorney Andrew Beckwith, president of Massachusetts Family Institute, said that’s not quite the situation in the state.

His new memo to lawmakers said the state’s Commission Against Discrimination already protects transgenders in almost every way.

‘As early as 2001, a ruling of the full commission declared, ‘We … hold that ‘sex’ discrimination, as prohibited by chapter 151B, includes a prohibition against discrimination against transsexual individuals,’ he explained.

With the only exception being for bathrooms and locker rooms.

‘What is it then, that advocates of HB 1577 see as inadequate in MCAD’s application of existing law? In a word, bathrooms. MCAD, taking its cues from the Supreme Judicial Court and the MA Legislature has liberally construed the existing nondiscrimination laws regarding sex to include gender identity and transgenderism. However, the Commonwealth’s public accommodation laws include a specific exemption for claims of discrimination based on sex when bathrooms and single-sex fitness facilities are involved.’

Beckwith continued, ‘Therefore, even though MCAD has consistently ruled that gender identity is covered by the term ‘sex’ in existing nondiscrimination laws, the proponents of HB 1577 do not view this as ‘adequate protection’ because they still have not gained access to cross-gender bathroom uses.’

He said the homosexual activists in the state, currently, are prohibited by law from extending their ‘gender identity’ nondiscrimination to bathrooms, and that’s something they find intolerable.

His memo to lawmakers noted the bill specifically amends those exemptions, eliminating them for the ‘purposes of gender identity claims.’

‘The only practical impact of HB 1577 would be to grant MCAD the ability to penalize businesses and individuals who object to cross-gendered bathroom or locker room use. If the AG truly believes that this bill is necessary to address discrimination claims, she needs to prove her case by citing a single instance where MCAD has been unable to adjudicate a transgender public accommodations claim for lack of a legal basis. To my knowledge, she has yet to do so,’ he said.”

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New Boston Post

Chorus for and against ‘Bathroom Bills’ builds on Beacon Hill

Kara Bettis / NewBostonPost / Thursday, November 12, 2015

“The Massachusetts Family Institute, an advocacy group, and Attorney General Maura Healey added their voices this week to the chorus gathering around lawmakers urging action on bills that would mandate access to public restrooms and other accommodations for transgender individuals and protect them from harassment.

The Family Institute appealed to legislators to dismiss the measures as unnecessary, in a letter to lawmakers dated Thursday. What’s more, Andrew Beckwith, the organization’s president wrote, ‘this bill specifically eliminates protections for women and children in bathrooms and locker rooms,’ in terms of their privacy.

The bills also would create ‘massive liability’ for smaller businesses, Beckwith said. He dismissed arguments that current law doesn’t protect people with gender-identity disorder, or gender dysphoria.

‘State records demonstrate this is simply not the case,’ Beckwith said. ‘In short, this bill ignores the axiom, ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.’

Beckwith also pointed out that a similar provision was eliminated from an earlier bill, the Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act, when it was passed by lawmakers in 2011. ‘The legislature then wisely understood the danger posed by opening up intimate public facilities to either sex.’”

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lowell sun

Congressional delegation pushes transgender vote

Matt Murphy / Lowell Sun / Wednesday, November 11, 2015

“Opponents, including the Massachusetts Family Institute, have raised concerns about privacy and the safety of children, and Baker recently said he believed the legal system was sufficient to protect anyone from discrimination without a new law.”

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logo-washingtontimes

Rep. Joe Kennedy, others, urge passage of Mass. transgender rights bill,
Traditional-values groups protest ‘bathroom bill’

Steve LeBlanc  / Associated Press / Tuesday, November 10, 2015

“Peter Sprigg of Family Research Council and Jonathan Alexandre of Massachusetts Family Institute also spoke against the bills. Mr. Sprigg noted that many children are successfully treated for gender dysphoria.”

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NECN

Debating Transgender Rights

Sue O’Connell / NECN / Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute debates the Massachusetts transgender rights bill with Broadside host Sue O’Connell.”

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the weaker party

From Governing: How Bathrooms Became a Political Battleground

Kevin Jefferies / The Weaker Party (Blog) / Wednesday, November 04, 2015

“There’s an old saying in politics that who ever gets to define the terms of the debate wins. That seems to be the case with the HERO ordinance in Houston. It became less about equal treatment before the law and more about bathrooms (the “ick” factors we talked about early in class) and public safety.- Click here for the story.

Four years ago, Massachusetts passed an anti-discrimation law offering protection to transgender people in areas such as employment, housing, lending and education. Legislators specifically avoided including public accommodations in the law, but the idea that transgender people would use bathrooms and locker rooms that didn’t conform with the sex they were assigned at birth caused concern for some.

That issue is still controversial. The legislature is now considering a public accommodations bill that once again has triggered heated opposition.

“We think it’s important for all Massachusetts citizens to have their privacy and security protected in intimate spaces,” said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. “If this were passed, women would be forced to change next to anatomical, biological males.”

The same argument is taking place all over the country. Legislators in states including Florida, Minnesota, Nevada and Wisconsin have introduced bills that would limit students or adults to using bathrooms appropriate to the gender listed on their birth certificates, as opposed to their current gender identity.”

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Governing

How Bathrooms Became a Political Battleground

Alan Greenblatt / Governing / Friday, October 30, 2015

“Four years ago, Massachusetts passed an anti-discrimation law offering protection to transgender people in areas such as employment, housing, lending and education. Legislators specifically avoided including public accommodations in the law, but the idea that transgender people would use bathrooms and locker rooms that didn’t conform with the sex they were assigned at birth caused concern for some.

That issue is still controversial. The legislature is now considering a public accommodations bill that once again has triggered heated opposition.

‘We think it’s important for all Massachusetts citizens to have their privacy and security protected in intimate spaces,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘If this were passed, women would be forced to change next to anatomical, biological males.'”

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Boston Globe Masthead

What is with this logo?

Mark Pothier / The Boston Globe / Friday, October 30, 2015

“The conservative group’s ‘No Bathroom Bill‘ effort targets legislation that would expand the 2011 Massachusetts transgender civil rights law, prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in public places, such as shopping malls and restaurants. Opponents say the bill isn’t needed and could allow men who identify as women to use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms — creating invasion of privacy issues, or worse. The provision ‘could be exploited by sex predators,’ said Andrew Beckwith, the institute’s president.”

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Daily Free Press

State legislators consider physician-assisted suicide

Lexi Peery / The Daily Free Press / Thursday, October 29, 2015

“The Massachusetts Family Institute, a pro-family organization that testified at the hearing, said the health care sector should focus on new treatments instead of physician-assisted suicide.

‘Doctor-prescribed suicide is unwanted and unnecessary since every patient has the right to palliative care and to refuse artificially-prolonged life,’ a statement on the MFI website read. ‘Pain alleviation treatment for terminally-ill patients has made tremendous progress, and the health care sector should be looking to continue this trend.'”

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The Huntington News

Transgender non-discrimination law debated

Audrey Cooney / The Huntington News / Thursday, October 29, 2015

Those who oppose the bill say allowing transgender people to use the restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity will pose a privacy threat to others.

Gender identity is currently determined by a too “loosely defined standard” to protect the safety and privacy of non-transgender people, according to Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel at the Massachusetts Family Institute.

“One only needs to show evidence that they sincerely believe that they are one gender or another,” Alexandre said. “There’s no medical procedures necessary… and that has potential for a lot of abuse. There’s no way to police what’s going on in someone’s mind.”

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Referring to the legislation as a “bathroom bill” – a term largely frowned upon within the transgender community – Alexandre said the language of the bill reveals its “true intentions.” He said its main objective is to allow transgender individuals to use restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity.

“If this bill was not specifically targeting bathrooms, then the 2011 bill would be sufficient,” Alexandre said.

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New Boston Post

All Black Lives Matter

Jonathan Alexandre / NewBostonPost / Tuesday, October 27, 2015

“‘Black Lives Matter.’ The slogan, which started as an internet meme following the release of several highly-publicized videos of the killing of unarmed Black men by police officers, soon became an anti-police brutality slogan and later evolved into the rallying cry of a national political movement.

The mantra reiterates a timeless truth and undeniable reality — that the lives of Black people are important. And yet, the political movement associated with these words seems narrow-mindedly focused on the lives of only a discrete minority of Blacks: those who are killed by law enforcement or who are killed by those whose racism is obvious.”

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HotAir

Video: Lt. Col. Allen West on Black Lives Matter: “It’s just a tagline”

Amanda Muñoz / Hot Air / Tuesday, October 20, 2015

“No one was surprised when CNN posed a Black Lives Matter question to the five Democratic presidential nominees last week; and everyone was even less surprised with their resulting answers.

On Friday, I was able to talk to former Congressman and Lieutenant Colonel Allen West at the Massachusetts Family Institute banquet just outside of Boston and get his take on whether the nation needs to define which lives matter most.”

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Print

Bay State Dems: Let Transgender Men Into Ladies’ Rooms

Howie Carr / Breitbart / Thursday, October 08, 2015

“The crowd at the legislative hearing seemed evenly split between supporters and opponents of the bathroom bill. One of the opponents was Andrew Beckwith of the Mass. Family Institute.

‘The legislature must understand,’ he said, ‘that we are dealing with two conflicting rights here – the right of a grown man to fully ‘express himself’ as female vs. the right to privacy of my young daughter and millions like her.'”

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The Patriot Post

Army Puts Charles in Discharge

Tony Perkins / The Patriot Post / Thursday, October 08, 2015

“One legislator went too far when he said people would have to get over their ‘discomfor’” with transgenders in the shower, just like white people did with integration in the South. Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel to the Massachusetts Family Institute — who is black — eloquently rebutted the comparison, noting that there have never been ‘transgender drinking fountains’ or ‘transgender’ sections at the back of public buses. Massachusetts’s Republican Governor Charlie Baker has not said whether he would sign the ‘bathroom bill.’”

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New Boston Post

A Black American’s perspective on the transgender ‘bathroom bill’

Jonathan Alexandre / NewBostonPost / Thursday, October 08, 2015

“Yesterday on Beacon Hill, advocates for legislation known as the ‘bathroom bill’ lobbied for the ‘right’ to use public restrooms and locker rooms ‘consistent with their gender identity.’

When asked how this legislation would impact the right to privacy of biological women forced to share the facilities with a biological man who ‘identifies’ as female, both the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Chairman of the legislative committee conducting the hearing essentially said that those who are concerned about privacy in public restrooms need to just get over it the same way that society has ‘gotten over’ objections to racially integrating bathrooms and public pools.

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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Daily Free Press

Strong testimony for Mass. transgender hearing bills

Maddie Domenichella / The Daily Free Press / Thursday, October 08, 2015

“In testimony, Jonathan Alexandrelegal counsel from the Massachusetts Family Institute, said the struggles transgender people face are not the same that African Americans have faced historically.

‘No other group of individuals, including those who desire to express themselves as a different sex than how they were born, has ever been enslaved,’ Alexandre said. ‘… No woman that believes she is actually a man has ever been forced to sit in the back of a bus in a transgender section.’

Regardless, Alexandre said, there is a ‘rational basis’ to require people to use the bathrooms that correspond with their biological sex.

Several other organizations spoke out about the transgender bill and its possible impact.”

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Boston Herald

Maura Healey, Joseph Kennedy back transgender rights legislation

Associated Press / Boston Herald / Wednesday, October 07, 2015

“Opponents said the bill 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 in order to gain access to private areas.

‘The legislature must understand that we are dealing with two conflicting rights here — the right of a grown man to fully ‘express himself’ as female versus the right to privacy of my young daughter and millions like her,’ Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith said.

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Boston Globe Masthead

Maura Healey, Joseph Kennedy back transgender rights legislation

David Scharfenberg / The Boston Globe / Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, said he would turn certain questions around and ask about the rights of his wife and 5-year-old daughter, should they enter a YMCA locker room only to see a transgender woman ‘disrobe and expose his very male genitalia.'”

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lowell sun

Lively Statehouse debate over bill on transgender rights

Matt Murphy and Andy Metzger / State House News Service / Wednesday, October 07, 2015

“Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith told the News Service he believes transgender individuals are already protected by existing laws from being discriminated against in places like restaurants and hospitals, and can file claims with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

‘I think if you look behind you there are two bathrooms labeled ladies and men and there’s a reason for that,’ Beckwith said. ‘That’s based on our anatomical being, our biology, our DNA, not on some sort of inner sense of feeling or expression so it’s important to maintain those expectations of privacy and safety that could be easily abused given the very vague standard definition of gender identify if this bill were to pass.'”

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Sentinel & Enterprise

Sparks fly over transgender bill: Supporters call it next civil-rights battle; foes concerned with privacy, safety

Matt Murphy and Andy Metzger / State House News Service / Wednesday, October 07, 2015

“Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith told the News Service he believes transgender individuals are already protected by existing laws from being discriminated against in places like restaurants and hospitals, and can file claims with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

‘I think if you look behind you, there are two bathrooms labeled ladies and men, and there’s a reason for that,’ Beckwith said. ‘That’s based on our anatomical being, our biology, our DNA, not on some sort of inner sense of feeling or expression, so it’s important to maintain those expectations of privacy and safety that could be easily abused given the very vague standard definition of gender identify if this bill were to pass.’

Beckwith said it’s ‘very sad’ to hear the stories of young people struggling with their gender identity and getting bullied, but disagreed that granting access to public accommodations based on that identity is an appropriate remedy.

‘I feel for these children,’ he said. ‘I don’t think the right thing to do, as was talked about here, when a 3- or 4-year-old boy has an infatuation with ‘Mulan’ that then we decide, ‘Ok, he’s actually a girl.’ I think when you’re born male or female, that’s what you are. The biology is pretty clear.’

Describing his position as one that seeks to protect privacy rights, Beckwith brought up the case of convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek, a transgender woman who killed her wife and has fought for years to have the state pay for gender-reassignment surgery.

‘Obviously, what he did to his wife was horrific, and he deserves a life sentence, but in reading about his childhood, he was horribly abused sexually by men, so he saw his own anatomy as sort of the instrument of his own torture,’ Beckwith said. ‘So at least in his case — and who knows in how many other cases? — there’s underlying psychological issues that are not properly addressed by doing a radical surgery on otherwise healthy bodies to appease a distressed mind. We shouldn’t be making broad public policy to appease mental disorders.'”

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WCVB- Boston ABC

Supporters, critics of transgender bills clash at Boston hearing

Associated Press / WCVB / Tuesday, October 06, 2015

“‘The legislature must understand that we are dealing with two conflicting rights here – the right of a grown man to fully ‘express himself’ as female versus the right to privacy of my young daughter and millions like her,’ Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith said.”

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WRKO Talk Radio Boston

Andrew Beckwith of MFI on Gender Anti-Discrimination Bill

Kim Carrigan / Boston.com Morning Show / Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, discusses the anti-discrimination bill that will protect transgender people from discrimination in spaces like parks and restaurants.”

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Daily Item

Difference of opinion in Swampscott: Transgender rights bill splits governor, town administrator

Gayla Cawley / The Daily Item / Friday, September 18, 2015

“Others aren’t so sure. The Massachusetts Family Institute opposes the bill, known as HB 1577 and SB 735.

‘If House Bill 1577 becomes law, men will be allowed to shower with women and young girls in gyms, and school children as young as kindergarten will be allowed to co-mingle in bathrooms,’ said Kris Mineau, board chairman and president emeritus of the group. ‘No law should make whole segments of the population feel unsafe and exploit their privacy and security.'”

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The Sun Chronicle

Anti-gambling protest planned at Plainridge Park Casino

Sun Chronicle Staff / The Sun Chronicle / Thursday, September 17, 2015

“The group that tried to repeal the state’s casino law says it is planning an anti-gambling protest at Plainridge Park Casino.

The protest is being called ‘Freedom Play’ and is planned for Sunday, Sept. 27, said Kris Mineau, who headed the Repeal the Casino Deal ballot question that fell short in the November 2014 election, in a letter to anti-gambling advocates.

The protest will be part of a national opposition campaign that weekend called National Day of Action Against Predatory Gambling, Mineau said.”

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Boston Globe Masthead

Transgender rights bill gains ground on Beacon Hill

Laura Krantz / The Boston Globe / Monday, September 14, 2015

Andrew Beckwithpresident of the Massachusetts Family Institute, a conservative public policy organization, said the bill raises privacy concerns for nontransgender people if, for example, transgender women (assigned the male gender at birth) are allowed to enter female bathrooms or locker rooms.

‘The rights and feelings of particularly women, and young women, girls, will be ignored in order to facilitate the sort of transgender agenda,’ Beckwith said.”

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NECN

Kim Davis and ‘Religious Liberty’

Sue O’Connell / NECN / Wednesday, September 9, 2015

“Has the Kentucky clerk helped or hurt the movement to protect ‘religious liberty?’ Jonathan Alexandre, legal counsel at the Massachusetts Family Institute, explains to Sue O’Connell why he thinks she has helped.”

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Boston Globe Masthead

A push for more inclusive sex education

Tracy Jan / The Boston Globe / Tuesday, September 8, 2015

“The Massachusetts Family Institute, a conservative Christian organization based in Woburn, opposes any effort to ‘normalize homosexuality,’ including comprehensive human sexuality education in schools, according to its website. Abstinence until marriage is what students should be taught, said Andrew Beckwith, the group’s president.

Beckwith said there is no need to introduce students, especially 12-year-olds, to explicit sexual acts. He pointed to flash cards in what Planned Parenthood describes as a step-by-step guide to condom use, with cards detailing the measures that need to be taken before it is safe to ‘Have vaginal, oral or anal sex.’ Beckwith takes exception to the explicit nature of that wording. Another chart includes using plastic wrap as a way to protect students who have oral sex against sexually transmitted diseases.

‘If you’re teaching about the birds and the bees, there’s no need to talk about anal and oral sex. It has nothing to do with reproduction. These would be new concepts certainly for my 12 year old,’ Beckwith said. ‘For an issue as sensitive — and frankly even in Massachusetts, still controversial — as human sexuality, you want to start with parents to make sure schools don’t do anything to undermine their values.'”

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NECN

Religious Liberty and Marriage Licenses

Mike Nikitas / NECN / Friday, September 4, 2015

“President Andrew Beckwith of the Masschusetts Family Institute explains why he thinks Kim Davis should not have been sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”

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Andrew Beckwith on WEZE’s “No Limits”

Jacqueline Smith / WEZE Boston / Saturday, August 15, 2015

MFI’s President Andrew Beckwith discusses current legislation affecting families in Massachusetts.

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New Boston Post

Fatherlessness: The root cause of income inequality

NewBostonPost / NewBostonPost / Wednesday, August 12, 2015

“Despite the heroic efforts by many single mothers (and the success of many), the statistics clearly demonstrate the economic void that results when a father is not present in the home.

According to data analyzed by the Massachusetts Family Institute, in 2013, married-couple families in Massachusetts had a median annual income of more than $114,376 — almost 75 percent higher than the $26,999 median annual income for Massachusetts female-headed households with children.  The rate of child poverty in Massachusetts homes where the mother has never been married is even worse — 51 percent of these children live at or below the poverty line.”

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Dispatch Times

Outrage as Massachusetts drags feet on medical marijuana

Newsmedia / Dispatch Times / Wednesday, August 12, 2015

“However, opponents hailed the feet-dragging, arguing that ‘nobody wants this in their backyard,’ said Andrew Beckwith, the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, according to the report. ‘Obviously there are a lot of health concerns and crime concerns dealing with what was, until recently, an illegal narcotic.’

Beckwith added that his group will fight any ballot questions in 2016 seeking the legalization of recreational marijuana, just as it did back in 2012. ‘We’re hoping the rest of the country sees what’s happened, will learn from their mistakes and not repeat them here.'”

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The Market Business

Massachusetts Marijuana Law: Advocates protest the slow implementation of cannabis law

Tony D. Booth / The Market Business / Tuesday, August 11, 2015

“‘We’ve seen it’s taken a while because, for one reason, even folks who voted sort of in the abstract to legalize medical marijuana, nobody wants this in their backyard,’ said Massachusetts Family Institute president Andrew Beckwith. ‘Obviously there are a lot of health concerns and crime concerns dealing with what was, until recently, an illegal narcotic. It’s understandable that it would take DPH time to understand the best way to triage the damage done by this flawed policy.’

Beckwith added that his group will fight any ballot questions in 2016 seeking the legalization of recreational marijuana, just as it did back in 2012.  He was optimistic in his statements, saying that parents, educators, doctors, and other opponents of medical or recreational marijuana will help prevent recreational pot from being legalized in Massachusetts.  ‘We’ve seen in Colorado this has been heavily abused, it’s been a disaster out there,” he added.  “We’re hoping the rest of the country sees what’s happened, will learn from their mistakes and not repeat them here.'”

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Wicked Local Brookline

Activists: Patients suffer due to slow implementation of marijuana law

Colin A. Young / State House News Service / Monday, August 10, 2015

“Opponents of medical marijuana said it comes as no surprise that the state has taken a cautious approach to rolling out the program.

‘We’ve seen it’s taken a while because, for one reason, even folks who voted sort of in the abstract to legalize medical marijuana, nobody wants this in their backyard,’ Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute said. ‘Obviously there are a lot of health concerns and crime concerns dealing with what was, until recently, an illegal narcotic. It’s understandable that it would take DPH time to understand the best way to triage the damage done by this flawed policy.’

Beckwith said his organization, which worked to defeat the 2012 ballot question, will similarly fight any 2016 ballot questions seeking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

‘We anticipate joining with a broad coalition of parents, educators and health care professionals to prevent this from coming to our communities,’ he said. ‘We’ve seen in Colorado this has been heavily abused, it’s been a disaster out there. We’re hoping the rest of the country sees what’s happened, will learn from their mistakes and not repeat them here.'”

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Activists: Patients suffer due to slow implementation of marijuana law

Colin A. Young / State House News Service / Monday, August 10, 2015

“Opponents of medical marijuana said it comes as no surprise that the state has taken a cautious approach to rolling out the program.

‘We’ve seen it’s taken a while because, for one reason, even folks who voted sort of in the abstract to legalize medical marijuana, nobody wants this in their backyard,’ Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute said. ‘Obviously there are a lot of health concerns and crime concerns dealing with what was, until recently, an illegal narcotic. It’s understandable that it would take DPH time to understand the best way to triage the damage done by this flawed policy.’

Beckwith said his organization, which worked to defeat the 2012 ballot question, will similarly fight any 2016 ballot questions seeking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

‘We anticipate joining with a broad coalition of parents, educators and health care professionals to prevent this from coming to our communities,’ he said. ‘We’ve seen in Colorado this has been heavily abused, it’s been a disaster out there. We’re hoping the rest of the country sees what’s happened, will learn from their mistakes and not repeat them here.'”

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WGBH

To Defund Or Not To Defund? The Planned Parenthood Debate

Jim Braude / WGBH Greater Boston / Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Former Attorney General Martha Coakley (@marthacoakley), WGBH Radio’s Margery Eagan (@MargeryEagan), and Massachusetts Family Institute’s Legal Counsel Jonathan Alexandre discuss the Planned Parenthood debate.

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Barnstable Patriot

Civil Rights: ‘Such a historic day’

Gerry Tuoti / The Barnstable Patriot / Monday, July 06, 2015

“Many opponents of the court decision argue the ruling undermines the democratic rights of the American people and threatens religious rights.

‘Tragically, the court has elevated the sexual preferences of adults over the needs of children, the constitutions of a majority of the states, and the religious freedom of all…’ Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith said in a statement. ‘The artificial ‘right’ to same-sex marriage is fundamentally at odds with the constitutional right to religious liberty.'”

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Wicked Local Wellfeet
‘Such a historic day’

Gerry Tuoti / Wicked Local Wellfleet / Monday, July 06, 2015

“Many opponents of the court decision argue the ruling undermines the democratic rights of the American people and threatens religious rights.

‘Tragically, the court has elevated the sexual preferences of adults over the needs of children, the constitutions of a majority of the states, and the religious freedom of all,’ Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith said in a statement. ‘The artificial ‘right’ to same-sex marriage is fundamentally at odds with the constitutional right to religious liberty.'”

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NECN

The Next Gay Marriage Battle

Michael Anastasia / Broadside / Monday, June 29, 2015

“Is the 2016 presidential campaign the last, best hope for opponents of gay marriage? Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute joined NECN to discuss.”

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SouthCoast Today
Your View: Marriage will endure

Andrew Beckwith / SouthCoast Today / Saturday, June 28, 2015

“As the leading organization that has worked for over 20 years to strengthen families in the commonwealth, we at Massachusetts Family Institute find Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court profoundly disappointing. There is overwhelming evidence that children do best and families thrive when they are sustained by the life-long union of one man and one woman. The court’s ruling today may have changed the law, but it has not changed the true meaning of marriage or our commitment to it.

This decision is also greatly troubling in how it demeans the impartiality, even the legitimacy, of our nation’s highest court. As Chief Justice John Roberts bluntly puts it in his dissent, this newfound ‘right’ to same-sex marriage ‘has no basis in the Constitution. … [F]or those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority’s ap­proach is deeply disheartening.'”

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Wicked Local Randolph

On the South Shore, gays “elated” by Supreme Court gay marriage vote

Lane Lambert / Wicked Local Randolph / Friday, June 26, 2015

Massachusetts Family Institute president Andrew Beckwith said the decision is “a redefinition of marriage” and an action that nullified “democratically enacted laws” in 31 states.

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The Enterprise

In Brockton area, opinions on gay marriage decision range from positive to passive

Ben Thompson / The Enterprise / Friday, June 26, 2015

“Many opponents of the court decision argue the ruling undermines the democratic rights of the American people and threatens religious rights.

‘Tragically, the court has elevated the sexual preferences of adults over the needs of children, the constitutions of a majority of the states, and the religious freedom of all,’ Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith said in a statement. ‘The artificial ‘right’ to same-sex marriage is fundamentally at odds with the constitutional right to religious liberty.'”

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MassLive

Senate President Stan Rosenberg on gay marriage ruling: ‘This is not just a victory for LGBTQ Americans’

Shira Schoenberg  / MassLive / Friday, June 26, 2015

Andrew Beckwith, president of socially conservative Massachusetts Family Institute provided a dissenting voice. “Tragically, the court has elevated the sexual preferences of adults over the needs of children, the constitutions of a majority of the states, and the religious freedom of all,” Beckwith said. “The artificial ‘right’ to same-sex marriage is fundamentally at odds with the constitutional right to religious liberty.”

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Boston Herald

US Supreme Court’s ruling lauded in 1st gay marriage state

Associated Press / Boston Herald / Friday, June 26, 2015

“Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, said the court overstepped constitutional boundaries, creating a ‘profound threat’ to the rights of many Americans.”

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WND Faith

The Big List of Marriage-Ruling Reactions

WND Faith / WND Faith / Friday, June 26, 2015

“Adults over children

Andrew Beckwith, president of Massachusetts Family Institute, lamented, ‘Tragically, the court has elevated the sexual preferences of adults over the needs of children, the constitutions of a majority of the states, and the religious freedom of all.’

Nationwide erosion

‘With the Court’s decision today,’ noted MFI President Emeritus Kris Mineau, ‘we see the completion of a nationwide erosion of the people’s right to decide for themselves what marriage is.'”

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US Supreme Court’s ruling lauded in 1st gay marriage state

Bob Salsberg / The Washington Times / Friday, June 26, 2015

“Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, said the court overstepped constitutional boundaries, creating a ‘profound threat’ to the rights of many Americans.”

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WBUR

Where It Began: Mass. Reacts To Supreme Court’s Landmark Gay Marriage Ruling

Martha Bebinger / WBUR / Friday, June 26, 2015

“But for some in Massachusetts who have fought gay marriage for more than a decade, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling is a major setback.

‘With the court’s decision, we see the completion of a nationwide erosion of the people’s right to decide for themselves what marriage is, and unfortunately that started right here in Massachusetts,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, referring to a vote in the Legislature that prevented a statewide vote on gay marriage.

Beckwith says he’s worried now that some Christians will be forced to accommodate gays and lesbians, and recognize same-sex marriages, even if doing so goes against their faith.

‘For example,’ Beckwith asked, ‘will Christian schools still be able to make hiring and admission decisions consistent with having an intentional community of faith that has certain behavioral conduct standards?’

The Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision includes one paragraph (on page 27) that affirms the First Amendment protection for religious institutions. Beckwith expects that passage will be the focus of legal challenges from Christian groups.”

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WND Faith

‘I WILL NOT ACQUIESCE TO AN IMPERIAL COURT’: Leaders vow to follow conscience, not court, after same-sex marriage ruling

Garth Kant / WND Faith / Friday, June 26, 2015

“Andrew Beckwith, President of Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), lamented, ‘Tragically, the court has elevated the sexual preferences of adults over the needs of children, the constitutions of a majority of the states, and the religious freedom of all.’

‘With the Court’s decision today,’ noted MFI President Emeritus Kris Mineau, ‘we see the completion of a nationwide erosion of the people’s right to decide for themselves what marriage is.'”

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Go Local Worcester

NEW: US Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage in All 50 States – MA Reacts

GoLocalWorcester News Team / GoLocalWorcester / Friday, June 26, 2015

“Reaction by those opposed to gay marriage in Massachusetts was equally vocal. Andrew Beckwith, President of Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), comments, ‘Tragically, the court has elevated the sexual preferences of adults over the needs of children, the constitutions of a majority of the states, and the religious freedom of all.'”

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The Sun Chronicle

Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage draws strong reactions; praise from most Mass. officials

Jim Hand / The Sun Chronicle / Friday, June 26, 2015

“The Massachusetts Family Institute issued a statement saying the decision imposes a redefinition of marriage that many disagree with. The issue should be left to the states.

‘Tragically, the court has elevated the sexual preferences of adults over the needs of children, the constitutions of a majority of the states, and the religious freedom of all,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the group.”

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Boston Globe Masthead

State where gay marriage started celebrates Supreme Court ruling

Joshua Miller and Peter Schworm / The Boston Globe / Friday, June 26, 2015

“But the Massachusetts Family Institute, which opposes gay marriage, said the decision ‘imposes a redefinition of marriage on the entire country.’

‘Tragically, the court has elevated the sexual preferences of adults over the needs of children, the constitutions of a majority of the states, and the religious freedom of all,’ said Andrew Beckwith, the group’s president.

‘With the court’s decision today, we see the completion of a nationwide erosion of the people’s right to decide for themselves what marriage is,’ said Kris Mineau, the group’s president emeritus.”

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Taunton Daily Gazette

Our View: Fatherhood in 2015

Editorial Board / Taunton Daily Gazette / Sunday, June 21, 2015

“Traditional nuclear families have become increasingly rare. This has created a sad crisis of fatherlessness in our society. In Fall River, the Massachusetts Family Institute reports, 62 percent of children are born to unwed mothers. That’s the third-highest rate among the state’s cities and it’s a problem that destabilizes our community in many ways.

Granted, many fathers who are not be married to the mothers of their children are still involved in their kids’ lives. But too many dads fail to live up to their fatherly responsibilities.

According to MFI’s report on the costs of fatherlessness in Massachusetts, the absence of a fatherly influence in a child’s life can cause a great deal of family and societal instability. The report finds significant correlations to much higher rates of poverty, high school drop out rates, crime victimization, teen parenthood and incarceration, among other issues.”

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Guest Opinion: Mass. faces a crisis of fatherlessness

Andrew Beckwith / The Herald News / Sunday, June 21, 2015

“‘I hope for you to come back soon, Daddy,’ he said. ‘And I love you and hope for you to be here.’

These were the words of 4-year-old Christian Jacobs on Memorial Day weekend at Arlington National Cemetery as he stood at the grave of fallen Marine Sgt. Christopher James Jacobs, his father. As Father’s day approaches, young Christian will not be the only child celebrating the holiday without dad. In fact, in Massachusetts one out of every three children will not be celebrating with dad this Father’s Day. While most of these children did not lose their parent in service to our country, they are casualties of our society’s war on fatherhood and the family. The absence of fathers denies these children the most fundamental pillar for their health and well-being, an intact family. The two-parent family is crumbling in America and especially here in Massachusetts, where the number of children born to unwed mothers has exploded by 500 percent in the last 50 years. As the recent study published by Massachusetts Family Institute titled ‘Fatherlessness: The Economic and Social Costs to Our Commonwealth’ points out, fatherlessness relates to poverty, increased crime, and academic underachievement.”

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Boston Business Journal

Guest commentary: The economic and social cost of fatherlessness

Andrew Beckwith / Boston Business Journal / Saturday, June 20, 2015

“‘I hope for you to come back soon, Daddy,’ he said. ‘And I love you and hope for you to be here.’

These were the words of 4-year-old Christian Jacobs on Memorial Day weekend at Arlington National Cemetery as he stood at the grave of fallen Marine Sgt. Christopher James Jacobs, his father. As Father’s day approaches, young Christian will not be the only child celebrating the holiday without dad. In fact, in Massachusetts one out of every three children will not be celebrating with dad this Father’s Day. While most of these children did not lose their parent in service to our country, they are casualties of our society’s war on fatherhood and the family. The absence of fathers denies these children the most fundamental pillar for their health and well-being, an intact family. The two-parent family is crumbling in America and especially here in Massachusetts, where the number of children born to unwed mothers has exploded by 500 percent in the last 50 years. As the recent study published by Massachusetts Family Institute titled ‘Fatherlessness: The Economic and Social Costs to Our Commonwealth’ points out, fatherlessness relates to poverty, increased crime, and academic underachievement.”

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The North Jefferson News

Abortion rights groups, opponents, battle over clinics

Christian Wade / The North Jefferson News / Thursday, June 11, 2015

Andrew Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Family Institute, said at least 16 “unlicensed” abortion clinics in the state put women at risk because they’re aren’t regulated by state health officials.

‘Tanning salons and tattoo parlors have higher levels of inspection than an abortion clinic,’ he said. ‘Regardless of what your view is on abortion, itself, I think everyone wants women to be safe when they go for a medical procedure.'”

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WRKO Talk Radio Boston

Exposing Sexual Pornography Masking as Sex Education to Kids in MA

Jeff Kuhner / WRKO Boston’s Talk Radio / Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Andrew Beckwith, President of Massachusetts Family Institute, exposes today the Sex Ed Mandate.

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Numbers Show How Gay Marriage Has Fared in Massachusetts

Steve LeBlanc / AP (Boston) / Tuesday, June 9, 2015

“Not everyone has cheered. Kris Mineau, president emeritus of the Massachusetts Family Institute, led the fight against same-sex marriage.

His group collected more 120,000 voter signatures to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the state ballot that would have defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Lawmakers blocked the question in 2007.

‘I believe it would have changed the course of history had we been able to vote here in Massachusetts,” he said. “I don’t believe we’d be before the Supreme Court now.'”

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