Progress Forward in the Senate for the Fairness for All Marylanders Act
February 20, 2014 by Cathryn Oakley, Legislative Counsel, State & Municipal Advocacy
Today the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, a bill that would update Maryland’s anti-discrimination law to include gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations and credit, cleared a key hurdle when it passed the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. This vote was critical, as previous versions of this bill have failed to move out of this committee.
The bill now moves to the Senate Floor, where it has 25 cosponsors of 47 senators. Should the bill be successful in the Senate, it will move to the House of Delegates where it has 61 cosponsors out of 141 delegates.
This bill will provide vital protections for transgender Marylanders. HRC is proud to be a part of the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality which has been working toward the success of this bill, and HRC has invested significant resources and support in this effort. Today’s vote would not have happened without years of sustained work by trans people, allies, and our coalition partners, including Equality Maryland. The coalition will continue to work together on the Fairness for All Marylanders Act as it moves through the full Senate and the House.
L to R: Senator Rich Madaleno, Keith Thirion and Carrie Evans of Equality Maryland, and HRC's Cathryn Oakley.
July 30, 2014