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Maryland is the 7th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on April 28, 1788. Its most populous city is Baltimore, and the state capitol is located in Annapolis.

LGBT Rights in Maryland: Same-sex marriage became legal in Maryland on Jan. 1, 2013, approved by 52.4 percent of voters in a ballot referendum on Nov. 6, 2012. The measure was originally passed in the Legislature and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley on March 1, 2012. State law protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation, but not gender identity. State law protects against hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity. State law permits any adult to petition to adopt and recognizes same-sex couples as co-parents.

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Four unsolved murders of transgender women test Baltimore police outreach

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
Kayla Gilchrist Jones
BALTIMORE -- The day after Mia Henderson's body was found in a Baltimore alley, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts invited members of the city's LGBT community to a meeting. "We are listening. We are paying attention," he told them. "We are responding, and we are taking this very seriously." That isn't nearly enough, advocates and some citizens say, after the second unsolved killing...

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Md. now offers transition-related care to transgender state employees

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland has become only the third state in the nation to provide insurance coverage for transition-related care. The policy change, which went into effect July 1 but was only announced publicly this week, means that any state employee, retiree, or dependent will be able to access mental health services, hormone therapy, and a range of ...

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Slain transgender woman was NBA player’s sibling

| Thursday, July 17, 2014
Mia Henderson
BALTIMORE -- A transgender woman found slain in Baltimore on Wednesday morning was the sibling of an NBA player Reggie Bullock of the Los Angeles Clippers. Baltimore police say 26-year-old Mia Henderson was found dead early Wednesday morning in an alley in northwest Baltimore. Police have not identified any suspects or established a motive...

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Nine of 12 LGBT candidates advance in Tuesday’s primary

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.)
Nine of 12 openly LGBT candidates won their primary races Tuesday, but lesbian Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur was not one them. In a six-person race for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor, Mizeur won 22 percent of the vote, two points behind the state attorney general Doug Gansler, with 24 percent, but well behind ...

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Maryland man sentenced for assaulting transgender woman in D.C. store

| Monday, June 16, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A man who pleaded guilty to pistol-whipping a transgender woman in a convenience store in Washington has been sentenced to 28 months in prison. Thirty-six-year-old Michael Phillips of Fairmount Heights, Maryland, was sentenced Monday in Superior Court in the District.

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Body of murdered transgender woman found in Baltimore field

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
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BALTIMORE, Md. -- Police said Wednesday that a homicide victim found early Tuesday in a field in Northeast Baltimore was a transgender woman identified as 40-year-old Kandy Hall, but that details surrounding her death remained scarce.

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Effort to repeal Md. transgender rights law falls short

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- An effort to repeal a bill banning discrimination against transgender people in Maryland has fallen short. Backers of a petition to repeal the bill conceded Sunday that they gathered about 1,000 fewer signatures than they needed to get the issue on the November ballot.

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Md. governor Martin O’Malley signs transgender rights bill into law

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Maryland governor Martin O'Malley signs the transgender rights bill on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a measure to stop discrimination against transgender people at his last bill-signing ceremony as governor, but opponents say they will try to have the new law rescinded at the ballot box in November.

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Md. GOP lawmakers launch ballot effort to repeal transgender rights law

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Maryland statehouse in Annapolis
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Two Maryland legislators have launched a petition drive to have the state's new law barring discrimination against people who are transgendered brought to a referendum.

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Johns Hopkins Univ. to honor DOMA plaintiff, attorney with honorary degrees

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Plaintiff Edith Windsor (right) and her attorney Roberta Kaplan leave the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act.
BALTIMORE -- Two women involved in a case challenging the federal government's recognition of same-sex marriages that went to the Supreme Court are among the people receiving honorary degrees from Johns Hopkins University at commencement next month.

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