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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Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

Md. House OKs transgender rights bill, governor says he will sign into law

Thursday, March 27, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A measure to prevent discrimination against people who are transgender cleared the Maryland General Assembly on Thursday, and Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to sign the bill into law. [ Read more → ]

Md. House committee advances transgender rights bill

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland House of Delegates committee on Tuesday advanced legislation to prohibit discrimination against people who are transgender. [ Read more → ]

Poll: 71 percent of Marylanders support transgender rights bill

Saturday, March 15, 2014
BALTIMORE -- A new poll finds that 71 percent of Marylanders support proposed legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation. [ Read more → ]
Del. Jon S. Cardin

Md. lawmaker withdraws bill to prohibit conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Saturday, March 15, 2014
ANNAPOLIS -- A bill that would have banned mental health professionals in Maryland from engaging in efforts to change a youth's sexual orientation or gender identity has been withdrawn. [ Read more → ]
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

Maryland transgender rights bill passes full Senate, heads to House

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity was approved in the Maryland state Senate on Tuesday, and now heads to the House of Delegates. [ Read more → ]

Md. state Senate gives preliminary approval to transgender rights bill

Monday, March 3, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity gained preliminary approval Friday in the Maryland state Senate. [ Read more → ]

Maryland Senate Committee approves transgender rights bill

Thursday, February 20, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland senate panel on Thursday advanced a bill that would add gender identity to the state's anti-discrimination law. [ Read more → ]
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

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. [ Read more → ]
Dana Beyer (left) and Richard Madaleno

Transgender candidate to challenge openly gay Md. state senator

Thursday, January 30, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A transgender candidate has announced she will run against an openly gay state senator in Montgomery County, Md., in the Democratic primary. [ Read more → ]
Doug Gansler

Md. AG says Utah same-sex marriages are recognized in his state

Monday, January 13, 2014
BALTIMORE -- Maryland's attorney general says he believes recent same-sex marriages legally performed in Utah would be recognized in Maryland. [ Read more → ]
Del. Jon S. Cardin

Md. lawmaker to introduce bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Thursday, January 9, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland lawmaker said he plans to introduce a bill this legislative session that would prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]
Brian Stewart

Fraternity gets probation after student says he was rejected because he is gay

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
BALTIMORE -- A fraternity at Morgan State University in Baltimore has been placed on probation until 2015 following an investigation that a student was rejected because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Brian Stewart

Md. student claims fraternity rejected him because he is gay

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. -- A Maryland university is investigating a student's claim that members of a fraternity he wanted to join rejected him because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
WikimediaHeather Mizeur

Openly gay lawmaker announces run for Md. governorship

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland lawmaker hopes to be elected the nation's first openly gay governor. [ Read more → ]
Couples participate in a mass wedding ceremony in Baltimore on Sunday.

Baltimore mayor officiates group wedding ceremony at pride festival

Monday, June 17, 2013
BALTIMORE -- Twenty same-sex couples were married Sunday in a mass wedding ceremony at the annual Baltimore pride festival. [ Read more → ]

Baltimore police form advisory council to improve relations with LGBT community

Sunday, June 16, 2013
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore police department on Friday announced the formation of an advisory council to help improve its relations with the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Baltimore mayor to preside over Pride Festival mass wedding

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
BALTIMORE -- Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will officiate a mass wedding for same-sex couples during the Baltimore Pride Festival next month. [ Read more → ]

With marriage now legal, Md. to end partner benefits for gay state workers

Saturday, May 4, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Governor of Maryland has notified state employees that shared benefits for domestic partners will end on December 31, and if they want to continue their health insurance coverage, they'll have to get married. [ Read more → ]
Ben CarsonAP

Doctor withdraws as Johns Hopkins commencement speaker over anti-gay remarks

Thursday, April 11, 2013
BALTIMORE — A Baltimore pediatric neurosurgeon who made derogatory comments comparing same-sex marriage to bestiality has withdrawn as commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. [ Read more → ]

Transgender protections bill fails to pass Maryland senate committee

Thursday, March 14, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill that would have prohibited discrimination against transgender Marylanders in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations, failed on Thursday to pass a committee vote. [ Read more → ]

Non- discrimination laws will improve the lives of transgender Marylanders — and everyone else

Thursday, February 28, 2013
The largest study on transgender populations in the country found that one in five Maryland respondents report having lost their job due to being transgender; 12 percent have been, or are homeless and over half of the transgender population has been harassed and or denied service in a public space, just for being who they are. These statistics paint an unfortunate, but accurate, picture of how transgender Marylanders are being treated by their fellow Maryland residents, including their families, their co-workers, and their neighbors. Like any marginalized community, it is hard not to internalize this really hurtful mistreatment. [ Read more → ]
Emmett C. Burns

Ethics panel criticizes Md. lawmaker for ‘official’ rant against Ravens’ linebacker

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An ethics panel has criticized a Maryland lawmaker for using his official letterhead to urge Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to restrain linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo from publicly supporting same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Maryland lawmakers introduce transgender rights bill

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ban anti-transgender discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]

Cub Scout pack rescinds gay-welcoming policy under threat of losing its charter

Saturday, January 26, 2013
A Cub Scout pack in Maryland has been forced to rescind its gay-inclusive non-discrimination policy in order to keep its charter with the Boy Scouts of America. [ Read more → ]
Donald Dwyer

Maryland lawmaker claims marriage votes spurred alcohol abuse

Monday, January 14, 2013
A Maryland lawmaker told a local newspaper last week that legislators who voted for the state’s same-sex marriage bill contributed to his alcohol abuse. Delegate Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel County) told the Maryland Gazette in an interview the newspaper posted to its website on Saturday... [ Read more → ]
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