Maryland State Senate Advances Critical Gender Identity Bill
February 28, 2014 by Cathryn Oakley, Legislative Counsel, State & Municipal Advocacy
An important vote in the Maryland State Senate brought the Fairness for All Marylanders Act one step closer to final passage today. The bill passed successfully through the critical second reading today and is positioned for final approval by the Senate on Monday.
The bill, which 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 last week.
There are 25 co-sponsors of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act in the Senate, out of 47 senators. Should the bill be passed successfully by the Senate on Monday, 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 on-the-ground support in this effort. HRC State Legislative Director Sarah Warbelow testified in support of the legislation earlier this month. Read her testimony in its entirety here.
Years of sustained work by trans people, allies, and our coalition partners, including Equality Maryland, made today’s victory possible. HRC will continue to work together with coalition partners to successfully move the Fairness for All Marylanders Act through the Maryland House.
HRC Legislative Counsel for State and Municipal Advocacy, Cathryn Oakley (R), works in the Maryland statehouse alongside Carrie Evans, Executive Director of Equality Maryland.
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