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Transgender anti-discrimination bill killed by senators in Maryland

Transgender anti-discrimination bill killed by senators in Maryland

Maryland voters may have passed a marriage equality bill last November but the state still has a ways to go when it comes to protecting transgender people.

A state senate committee has narrowly voted down a bill that would have banned gender-identity discrimination in such things as housing and employment and at places like restaurants, theaters, hotels, shopping centers.

The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2013, introduced by Democratic senators Rich Madaleno and Jamie Raskin was killed in a 6-5 vote in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Madaleno expressed his disappointment and frustration in an e-mail to his constituents after the vote.

‘Despite months of hard work by our broad coalition of supporters, key committee members were unwilling to advance the promise of equality under the law to the transgender community,’ he wrote. ‘Their lack of understanding and empathy for their fellow Marylanders is appalling.’

Madaleno tells Washington Blade he’s not giving up.

‘This fight is not over, and together we continue undeterred on our path to full equality and freedom for all,’ Madaleno said.