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EDWARD J. KENNEDY – Lowell Democrat
I intend to vote yes on Question #3. Since the Massachusetts Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law was passed in 2016, there have been no reported incidents in the Commonwealth that would support a repeal of the existing law. A yes vote maintains the status quo. A yes vote protects against discrimination and supports basic values such as fairness, dignity and respect for all.
JOHN MACDONALD – Lowell Republican
Absolutely I am 100 percent against Discrimination! Massachusetts isn’t about discrimination. I’m absolutely opposed to discrimination. No one wants discrimination. But here’s the problem with this question and questions like it…. This is a yes means no… and a no means yes question. One-third of the people polled in the recent UMASS Lowell poll are confused about the question and how they will even answer.
This brings us to a much bigger issue, which is, why the state of Massachusetts can’t craft straightforward ballot questions. Why can’t we produce questions that even make sense to people. If one-third of the people, don’t understand the answers of the question, then how do we get results that will make most people confident in the outcome? We certainly can’t discriminate against anyone, because of their gender, but we can’t ignore people who are concerned about safety and privacy.
People on both sides of the issue are just looking to use the bathroom safely. Judge Feeley is a prime example of someone who has been soft on offenders breaking the law. We need judges to do their jobs, we need to create a bill allowing Legislators to terminate judges that are deemed derelict of their sworn duties.
Although I will be voting yes, I believe this question is flawed. Judges need to be held accountable and questions need to be clearer.