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posted Friday, March 28 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 13
Maryland passes Transgender protections Governor promises to sign
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Maryland passes Transgender protections Governor promises to sign

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Maryland's House of Delegates passed the Fairness for All Marylanders Act on March 27, adding protections for Transgender people to the state's anti-discrimination laws.

The vote was a convincing 82 to 57. The state Senate previously passed the measure by 32 votes to 15. Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has promised to sign the bill into law.

'I am proud of my 81 colleagues who voted in support of fairness for transgender Marylanders today. Allowing people to earn a living and live without fear of discrimination is the right thing to do,' said Delegate Luke Clippinger, one of the prime sponsors of the bill.

Senator Rich Madaleno was the prime sponsor in the state Senate.

The Maryland Coalition for Transgender Equality (MCTE), a coalition of more than 50 organizations and individuals working to advance civil rights for Transgender Marylanders, hailed the victory as the culmination of many years of work by the transgender community and allies.

'After more than 15 years of advocacy for trans Marylanders, the tremendous work by all of our legislative champions, and the solid support of the leadership in Annapolis, history was made today,' said Jenna Fischetti of TransMaryland, an MCTE coalition member.

'The House of Delegates sent the same loud and clear message the Maryland Senate did: Every Marylander deserves equal rights under the law. We welcome the Governor's promised signature and the full and successful implementation of this bill.'

Dana Beyer, the executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, another MCTE affiliate, thanked delegates who pushed the measure through the state legislature.

'The Maryland transgender community can at long last celebrate its equality as full partners in the LGBT community,' Beyer said in a statement.

'After eight long years of struggle, thirteen years after the passage of the sexual orientation anti-discrimination act, Maryland joins with seventeen states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, in providing comprehensive LGBT equality. I'd like to thank Delegates Peña-Melnyk, Clippinger and Cullison for their successful efforts this session, but I also want to remember the efforts of Delegates Hubbard, Mizeur, Kelly and others over the years who made this vote possible.'

Carrie Evans, Executive Director of Equality Maryland, the state's largest LGBT organization, also acknowledged the many years of work needed to pass the legislation.

'This is the culmination of a very long and sustained effort by Equality Maryland to ensure transgender Marylanders are included in our state's anti-discrimination laws,' she said.

'Today's win is the result of so many people and organizations - transgender individuals and their families showing up and telling their stories year after year, elected officials [who supported the bill], many years of dedicated and committed Equality Maryland Board and staff, amazing coalition partners like the Human Rights Campaign and so many more people and organizations that we will highlight in the coming months.'

'Today the Maryland legislature lived up to its reputation as a fair and just body and rightly recognized that everyone should be treated equally, including transgender Marylanders,' said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.

'Being free from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression is what makes America work.'

A recent Goucher poll found that 71% of Marylanders supported updating Maryland's anti-discrimination law to include transgender people.

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