In a 32-15 vote margin, the Maryland Senate has passed SB 212 — a bill that bans discrimination based on gender identity and expression.
State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), who introduced SB 212, had this to say:
“Today marks a historic milestone in the continued fight to advance equal rights for all Marylanders. The Senate’s passage of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act sends a reaffirming message throughout our state that regardless of whom you are, prejudice and discrimination will no longer be tolerated or exempted from law.”
Jenna Fischetti of the Maryland Coalition for Trans Quality adds:
“As a transgender woman, I know that this is one huge step forward for transgender people who only want to fully participate in public life, without fear of discrimination based on gender identity. Today the Maryland Senate said loud and clear that every Marylander deserves equal rights.”
17 states including nearby Delaware as well as D.C. and Puerto Rico currently ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania, New York and in the process of moving similar bills through state legislature.
One more step in the right direction.