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Maryland

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

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.
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. [...]

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Md. House committee advances transgender rights bill

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

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Poll: 71 percent of Marylanders support transgender rights bill

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Maryland
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. [...]

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

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Del. Jon S. Cardin
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. [...]

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Maryland transgender rights bill passes full Senate, heads to House

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.
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. [...]

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Md. state Senate gives preliminary approval to transgender rights bill

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

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Maryland Senate Committee approves transgender rights bill

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

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

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.
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. [...]

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