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Md. senate panel hears testimony on bill to ban anti-transgender discrimination

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland Senate panel on Tuesday heard testimony on a proposal to ban anti-transgender discrimination in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee heard testimony on the measure, sponsored by Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery County, Md.).

Maryland lawmakers extended anti-discrimination protections to cover sexual orientation in 2001, but conservative religious groups, among others, have objected to expanding the law to cover transgender people.

Sen. Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore), who supports the bill, said it has been held up in recent years by “the bathroom question.”

Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore County), for example, has voted against the bill in committee. He threw out the hypothetical example of a man claiming to be transgender waiting in the women’s restroom to attack, something he thinks shouldn’t be protected as a civil right.

Gov. Martin O’Malley supports the bill, as do all three Democrats running for governor: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County.

The measure has 25 co-sponsors, virtually assuring it has the required 24 votes to pass the Senate if it reaches the floor.

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10 more reader comments:

  1. Aren’t all People Created equal, or shun difference under this Flag?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:26am
  2. America, where we condemn individuals who are different and continue to believe in the babbling’s of a “God” who “Loves to Hate and Hates to Love”………..America Land of the unequal and home of the bigoted.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:34am
  3. “Anti-transgender discrimination”? They mean “transgender discrimination”, right?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:34am
  4. The discrimination is of the anti-transgender genre, therefore the English is correct.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:50am
  5. Oh. I apologize - I'm Swedish, and can therefor sometimes get a bit confused with the English language despite it basically being like a second language to me. ^^; Either way, thanks.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:53am
  6. No problem - It's all good. And yes, it is confusing at times.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:32am
  7. Go Maryland Go!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:24am
  8. Why do bathrooms always come up? I wish people could understand how painful that part can be.

    At least they’re stopping all those men dressing like women just to rape women. They’re the real problem in this country!! It’s an epidemic of invisible proportions.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:05pm
  9. i agree thtt the wording is confusing. its a transgender antidiscrimination bill. or a bill to ban discrimination against transgender folks. second, who the hell gives a shit about what bathroom someone uses? i use the mens when theres a line at the womens, and ive done it from washington state to iowa to illinois michigan texas kentucky and florida. you dont have to dress like a woman to use the womens bathroom. i think that if bathrooms are such an issue, dont seperate them by sexual organs. just change to all family bathrooms. especially if people cant grow up enough to stop obsessing about whats in someone elses underwear. really. its like people are all stuck in the stage of horny middle schooler. i say pee where you want to pee. and as for the hypothetical rapist in the bathroom. he or she will be in whichever bathroom they will find their victim. theyre already breaking the law. i hardly doubt theyre going to concern themselves with disguising themselves as the opposite gender.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:50pm
  10. They are so screwed here in maryland. Home of the bubba truck and. Yuppie SUVs .

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:10pm