18:28, May 03 163 0

2017-05-03 18:28:07


Mass. moves to outlaw voter petitions aimed at hurting LGBT & other minorities

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is gearing up for a change to its constitution that would put a stop to public campaigns designed to rob marginalized communities of equal rights.

“Fairness and equality can disappear when the majority determines the rights of a less powerful group,” said State Rep. Byron Rushing, according to the UK-based PinkNews.

If adopted, Rushing’s amendment would be applied to new laws being proposed as well as to the state charter.

According to the Gloucester Times, the state constitution already blocks petitions that are “inconsistent” with individuals’ rights set forth in the Declaration of Rights, a document similar to the U.S. Bill of Rights.

The amendment was endorsed by the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Judiciary last week and is expected to be added to the Constitutional Convention calendar for the current session.

The event that sparked the creation of this amendment was a successful petition by an anti-transgender activist, to put a question on the 2018 ballot to repeal a law that permits trans people to use public restrooms corresponding with their gender identity. That same law targeted by the activist also offered protections against anti-LGBT discrimination in restaurants and other places of public accommodation.

State Sen. William Brownberger — chair of the Judiciary Committee — endorsed the proposed amendment, saying it would prevent hypothetical ballot questions infringing on the “freedom to marry,” and could apply to “women’s rights questions in the future.”

However, Brownsberger said even if Rushing’s amendment is ultimately adopted, it will not be in place in time to affect the 2018 ballot question.

Random movies

  • Showgirls (1995)  

    Showgirls (1995)

    Nomi Malone, a mysterious young girl with the ambition to dance embarks on a journey to Las Vegas to become a showgirl in a high-class hotel show. There she meets Molly, a seamstress at the Stardust Hotel and the two quickly become good friends. She gets a job as a lap dancer at the seedy Cheetah Club but after a chance meeting with Cristal Connors, the star of Goddess, the current show at the hotel where Molly works, Nomi manages to secure an audition for a spot on the chorus line.However she...