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Mass. Gov. Candidates Split On Transgender Bill

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Candidates for governor are split on a bill aimed at ending transgender discrimination in Massachusetts.

Republican Charles Baker said he'd veto the bill, even though his running mate, Sen. Richard Tisei, backs it.

Baker's comments came after social conservatives questioned his position at last weekend's Republican Party convention. They've dubbed the legislation the "bathroom bill" and said it would lead to a breakdown in privacy.

The bill would add "gender identity and expression" to the state's discrimination laws.

Supporters, including Democratic incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick, say the bill would give transgender people legal protections by closing a hole in the state's civil rights laws. He said hopes to sign it.

Independent candidate Timothy Cahill opposes the bill.

This program aired on April 20, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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