- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Supporters of a state law barring discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations are speaking out against an effort to repeal the measure.

Backers are planning a press conference Thursday morning at King’s Chapel in Boston to champion the law, which prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public places and government buildings such as libraries, stores, restaurants and hospitals.

The law also allows transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.

Opponents of the law, led by the Massachusetts Family Institute, have submitted enough voter signatures to put the recall effort on the 2018 ballot.

They say they’re defending the fundamental rights to privacy and safety, particularly for women and children.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed the law in July.

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