Post submitted by Eric Cameron, former HRC Digital Media Specialist
Moments ago Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, a bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations and credit.
The law, which takes effect in October, makes Maryland the 18th state, along with the District of Columbia, to protect residents and visitors against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. Since 2011, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Nevada have added gender identity and expression to their state anti-discrimination laws.
This momentous victory for transgender Marylanders was years in the making. HRC thanks legislators whose leadership helped make this victory possible -- including Dels. Luke Clippinger, Bonnie Cullison, and Joseline Pena-Melnyk and Sen. Rich Madaleno -- as well as Governor Martin O'Malley for his long history of support of LGBT issues.
HRC is a proud member of the steering committee of the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality and has been the leading national organization working for passage of this bill. HRC invested more than $50,000 in the effort during the current legislative session, including retaining top statehouse lobbyists and granting $25,000 to Equality Maryland for field organizing. HRC mobilized its tens of thousands of members and supporters in Maryland to contact lawmakers in support of the bill, and HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow provided technical support to the campaign.
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