The Maryland Senate yesterday voted to approve a bill that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or expression. It passed by a 32-15 vote after a short 20-minute debate.
Of course, conservatives who voted against the bill claim it constitutes religious discrimination, but the religious protections they’re looking for already exist. Those who voted for the bill maintain that nobody should be denied a job, housing or other necessities and resources on the basis of their gender identity.
Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery and Howard Counties currently include gender identity and expression in their non-discrimination laws. Hyattsville in December became the first jurisdiction in Prince George’s County to pass a trans-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance.
Neighboring Delaware is among the 17 states along with D.C. and Puerto Rico that ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania, New York and other states have introduced similar measures.
A House committee is expected to hear arguments on a similar bill today. Yes yes yes, good good good.
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