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Gov. Baker walks off stage during protest

by: Michael Henrich
Updated: Apr 14, 2016 – 4:59 AM

BOSTON —

The Governor of Massachusetts was forced to walk off stage Wednesday after being booed by an angry crowd.

The video was posted on YouTube late Wednesday night. It shows Governor Charlie Baker being confronted by protesters who call for him to sign a bill that protects the rights of transgender individuals.

The crowd stood silently while Governor Baker spoke about the state’s drug crisis. Then, when he briefly addressed the anti-discrimination bill, the crowd started chanting as Governor Baker did not commit to signing it.

The crowd held signs that read things like “Public space equals our space” and called for the Governor to pledge support for a bill that would expand transgender protections in public places, like restrooms. Governor Baker said that, if the bill reaches his desk, he would talk to all parties involve. 

The Governor was ultimately booed off the stage.

The controversy in Massachusetts comes after North Carolina passed the so-called “Bathroom Bill” restricting transgender rights. 

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