John M. Becker

Trans Rights Bill Passes Maryland Senate

Filed By John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: employment discrimination, gender identity, Maryland, public accommodations

maryland-flag.gifThe Maryland Senate has just passed a bill that would make the state's anti-discrimination laws trans inclusive by outlawing discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.

This would protect trans rights in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

The 32-15 vote to pass SB 212, the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014, sends the measure to the House of Delegates, where it has passed before.

A great step forward for equality in that state!

UPDATE: Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade has more:

State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), who introduced SB 212, applauded its passage.

"Today marks a historic milestone in the continued fight to advance equal rights for all Marylanders," he said in a statement. "The Senate's passage of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act sends a reaffirming message throughout our state that regardless of whom you are, prejudice and discrimination will no longer be tolerated or exempted from law. With these new anti-discrimination protections for transgender persons one step closer to full passage."

Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer, who announced her candidacy against Madaleno in late January, specifically applauded her opponent in a statement after senators approved the measure. She also praised Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chair Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County), former Equality Maryland Executive Director Dan Furmansky and "the trans community who came every year to Annapolis to lobby and tell their stories."

"After eight years of struggle, and with the active support of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., and the legislative magic of Sen. Jamie Raskin, a comprehensive gender identity anti-discrimination bill has passed in the Senate," said Beyer.

Click here to read Lavers's full report at the Washington Blade.

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