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Maryland Senate Committee Votes Down Bill That Would Have Banned Transgender Discrimination

Posted by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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A state Senate committee in Maryland dealt a tough blow to transgender rights Thursday by voting down a bill that would have banned gender-identity discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation.

The committee voted 6-5 to narrowly defeat the Fairness For All Marylanders Act Of 2013, which would have added "gender identity" to the law that right now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status and sexual orientation, The Washington Blade reports.

The bill may have been doomed when a senator who supported it was moved off the committee and replaced by one who voted against it, Metro Weekly writes. That switch was made by Senate leadership in order to pass a wind energy bill, the paper notes.

The transgender anti-discrimination bill also heard testimony from more than a dozen opponents throughout the past few weeks, including from Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg, an anti-gay rights advocate who said in his testimony that transgender people are "suffering" from a "delusion" and should be given counseling, Think Progress notes.

Although Maryland passed same-sex marriage on Election Day in November, for at least the past three years, the state has consistently failed to pass a law that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity.

A similar bill proposed last year -- after Maryland's governor, Martin O'Malley, called for greater protections for transgender people -- also died in a Senate committee before it could reach the floor for a full vote.

In 2011 and in 2010, similar measures also died before they could reach the governor's desk, according to The Washington Post.

The bill's advocates say people who are transgender suffer harassment and discrimination in many sectors of life. A 2011 study done by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force found that rates of unemployment, homelessness and harassment are significantly higher for transgender people than for the general population.

But although 16 states and Washington, D.C., have laws against gender-identity discrimination, there is currently no federal law against it.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would outlaw most employer discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, has languished in Congress since it was introduced nearly 20 years ago.

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candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Looks like HuffPo forgot to mention that this Senator was taken off the committee and put back on.



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The bill may have been doomed when a senator who supported it was moved off the committee and replaced by one who voted against it, Metro Weekly writes. That switch was made by Senate leadership in order to pass a wind energy bill, the paper notes.

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM
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Raskin along with state Sens. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County,) Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City,) Jennie Forehand (D-Montgomery County) and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) voted for SB 449. Senators Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County,) C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County,) Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford Counties,) James Brochin (D-Baltimore County,) Christopher Shank (R-Washington County) and Joseph Getty (R-Baltimore and Carroll Counties) opposed it.
In case anyone was curious to who voted against a bill that protects people from discrimination.
SunshneDaydream
by Silver Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM


Quoting brookiecookie87:


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Raskin along with state Sens. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County,) Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City,) Jennie Forehand (D-Montgomery County) and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) voted for SB 449. Senators Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County,) C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County,) Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford Counties,) James Brochin (D-Baltimore County,) Christopher Shank (R-Washington County) and Joseph Getty (R-Baltimore and Carroll Counties) opposed it.
In case anyone was curious to who voted against a bill that protects people from discrimination.

Thanks!  I'll never understand how people can actually vote AGAINST protecting people from discrimination.  Do we know what the reasoning was for opposing this bill?  The article only mentioned one man's testimony that transgendereds are "suffering from a delusion"...well even if that were true that would mean they have a mental illness.  Don't the mentally ill deserve protection as well?

candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

of course they do, at the expense of 99.9 percent of the population.

Quoting SunshneDaydream:


Quoting brookiecookie87:


Quote:

Raskin along with state Sens. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County,) Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City,) Jennie Forehand (D-Montgomery County) and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) voted for SB 449. Senators Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County,) C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County,) Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford Counties,) James Brochin (D-Baltimore County,) Christopher Shank (R-Washington County) and Joseph Getty (R-Baltimore and Carroll Counties) opposed it.
In case anyone was curious to who voted against a bill that protects people from discrimination.

Thanks!  I'll never understand how people can actually vote AGAINST protecting people from discrimination.  Do we know what the reasoning was for opposing this bill?  The article only mentioned one man's testimony that transgendereds are "suffering from a delusion"...well even if that were true that would mean they have a mental illness.  Don't the mentally ill deserve protection as well?


SunshneDaydream
by Silver Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

What?  What expense?

Quoting candlegal:

of course they do, at the expense of 99.9 percent of the population.

Quoting SunshneDaydream:


Quoting brookiecookie87:


Quote:

Raskin along with state Sens. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County,) Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City,) Jennie Forehand (D-Montgomery County) and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) voted for SB 449. Senators Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County,) C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County,) Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford Counties,) James Brochin (D-Baltimore County,) Christopher Shank (R-Washington County) and Joseph Getty (R-Baltimore and Carroll Counties) opposed it.
In case anyone was curious to who voted against a bill that protects people from discrimination.

Thanks!  I'll never understand how people can actually vote AGAINST protecting people from discrimination.  Do we know what the reasoning was for opposing this bill?  The article only mentioned one man's testimony that transgendereds are "suffering from a delusion"...well even if that were true that would mean they have a mental illness.  Don't the mentally ill deserve protection as well?



candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Have you missed all the posts about this in the last couple of weeks?

Quoting SunshneDaydream:

What?  What expense?

Quoting candlegal:

of course they do, at the expense of 99.9 percent of the population.

Quoting SunshneDaydream:


Quoting brookiecookie87:


Quote:

Raskin along with state Sens. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County,) Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City,) Jennie Forehand (D-Montgomery County) and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) voted for SB 449. Senators Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County,) C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County,) Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford Counties,) James Brochin (D-Baltimore County,) Christopher Shank (R-Washington County) and Joseph Getty (R-Baltimore and Carroll Counties) opposed it.
In case anyone was curious to who voted against a bill that protects people from discrimination.

Thanks!  I'll never understand how people can actually vote AGAINST protecting people from discrimination.  Do we know what the reasoning was for opposing this bill?  The article only mentioned one man's testimony that transgendereds are "suffering from a delusion"...well even if that were true that would mean they have a mental illness.  Don't the mentally ill deserve protection as well?




candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Here is one for ya.

http://www.cafemom.com/group/99198/forums/read/18113740/Students_Who_Refuse_to_Affirm_Transgender_Classmates_Face_Punishment

Quoting SunshneDaydream:

What?  What expense?

Quoting candlegal:

of course they do, at the expense of 99.9 percent of the population.

Quoting SunshneDaydream:


Quoting brookiecookie87:


Quote:

Raskin along with state Sens. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County,) Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City,) Jennie Forehand (D-Montgomery County) and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) voted for SB 449. Senators Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County,) C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County,) Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford Counties,) James Brochin (D-Baltimore County,) Christopher Shank (R-Washington County) and Joseph Getty (R-Baltimore and Carroll Counties) opposed it.
In case anyone was curious to who voted against a bill that protects people from discrimination.

Thanks!  I'll never understand how people can actually vote AGAINST protecting people from discrimination.  Do we know what the reasoning was for opposing this bill?  The article only mentioned one man's testimony that transgendereds are "suffering from a delusion"...well even if that were true that would mean they have a mental illness.  Don't the mentally ill deserve protection as well?




brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

She is someone who believes you should be able to discriminate against them. Hence why her comment confused you.

Quoting SunshneDaydream:

What?  What expense?

Quoting candlegal:

of course they do, at the expense of 99.9 percent of the population.

Quoting SunshneDaydream:


Quoting brookiecookie87:


Quote:

Raskin along with state Sens. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County,) Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City,) Jennie Forehand (D-Montgomery County) and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) voted for SB 449. Senators Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County,) C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County,) Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford Counties,) James Brochin (D-Baltimore County,) Christopher Shank (R-Washington County) and Joseph Getty (R-Baltimore and Carroll Counties) opposed it.
In case anyone was curious to who voted against a bill that protects people from discrimination.

Thanks!  I'll never understand how people can actually vote AGAINST protecting people from discrimination.  Do we know what the reasoning was for opposing this bill?  The article only mentioned one man's testimony that transgendereds are "suffering from a delusion"...well even if that were true that would mean they have a mental illness.  Don't the mentally ill deserve protection as well?





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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM


Can you back up your claim that 99.9% of people want to discriminate against them? Because I don't think that is anywhere close to the truth.

Quoting candlegal:

Here is one for ya.

http://www.cafemom.com/group/99198/forums/read/18113740/Students_Who_Refuse_to_Affirm_Transgender_Classmates_Face_Punishment

Quoting SunshneDaydream:

What?  What expense?

Quoting candlegal:

of course they do, at the expense of 99.9 percent of the population.

Quoting SunshneDaydream:


Quoting brookiecookie87:


Quote:

Raskin along with state Sens. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County,) Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City,) Jennie Forehand (D-Montgomery County) and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) voted for SB 449. Senators Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County,) C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County,) Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford Counties,) James Brochin (D-Baltimore County,) Christopher Shank (R-Washington County) and Joseph Getty (R-Baltimore and Carroll Counties) opposed it.
In case anyone was curious to who voted against a bill that protects people from discrimination.

Thanks!  I'll never understand how people can actually vote AGAINST protecting people from discrimination.  Do we know what the reasoning was for opposing this bill?  The article only mentioned one man's testimony that transgendereds are "suffering from a delusion"...well even if that were true that would mean they have a mental illness.  Don't the mentally ill deserve protection as well?






Join us on the 99% Moms group!
The Ninety-Nine Percent Moms   

If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

oh, tell the truth.   I am someone that thinks they should have their own bathrooms, not be allowed to terrorize the little girls in the girls room.

Quoting brookiecookie87:

She is someone who believes you should be able to discriminate against them. Hence why her comment confused you.

Quoting SunshneDaydream:

What?  What expense?

Quoting candlegal:

of course they do, at the expense of 99.9 percent of the population.

Quoting SunshneDaydream:


Quoting brookiecookie87:


Quote:

Raskin along with state Sens. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County,) Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City,) Jennie Forehand (D-Montgomery County) and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) voted for SB 449. Senators Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County,) C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County,) Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford Counties,) James Brochin (D-Baltimore County,) Christopher Shank (R-Washington County) and Joseph Getty (R-Baltimore and Carroll Counties) opposed it.
In case anyone was curious to who voted against a bill that protects people from discrimination.

Thanks!  I'll never understand how people can actually vote AGAINST protecting people from discrimination.  Do we know what the reasoning was for opposing this bill?  The article only mentioned one man's testimony that transgendereds are "suffering from a delusion"...well even if that were true that would mean they have a mental illness.  Don't the mentally ill deserve protection as well?






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