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Earlier today, Maryland legislators affirmed the rights of their transgender constituents with the passage of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act. The bill, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations and credit, now sits on Governor Martin O’Malley’s desk for his signature.
In response to the Legislature's action, Governor O’Malley issued a statement reiterating his committment to signing the bill into law and thanking Senator Rich Madaleno, Delegate Luke Clippinger, Equality Maryland and the Human Rights Campaign for their work to propel this important legislation forward.
"We’re proud to stand with these leaders, the LGBT community, and other allies to complete this major piece of unfinished business -- ensuring that everyone is protected from discrimination under the law," said Governor O’Malley in a state. "I look forward to signing this bill."
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 State Legislative Director Sarah Warbelow provided technical support to the campaign.