The vote was the product of six hours of contentious debate, with 12 Democrats ultimately voting against the bill, and eight Republicans supporting it. Beyond the gallery, which exploded in applause, the Boston Globe reports that reactions were mixed:

Afterward, proponents cheered. Outside the House chamber, opponents, holding images that showed a man peering over a barrier at a woman, shouted “Shame on you!” as legislators walked by.

The legislation, which until Wednesday had been stuck in stasis for the past eight years, would also protect transgender people from discrimination in public spaces like malls, libraries and restaurants.


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