Md. House committee advances transgender rights bill

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Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland House of Delegates committee on Tuesday advanced legislation to prohibit discrimination against people who are transgender.

The Health and Government Operations Committee approed the the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 (HB 1265) by a vote of 14 -8, reports The Washington Blade.

The measure would ban discrimination against transgender Marylanders on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations such as hotels and restaurants.

The bill was approved in the state Senate on March 4, and has the support of 71 percent of Marylanders, according to a recent poll.

A final vote is expected to take place in the House later this week.

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