Md. Senate OKs Bill to Stop Transgender Discrimination - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Md. Senate OKs Bill to Stop Transgender Discrimination

Posted:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- The Maryland Senate passed legislation on Tuesday to prevent discrimination against people who are transgender.
 
The bill, approved on a 32-15 vote, would prevent discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations such as hotels and restaurants.
 
The measure defines gender identity as the gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth. In the legislation, gender identity can be demonstrated by "consistent and uniform assertion of the person's gender identity or any other evidence that the gender identity is sincerely held as part of the person's core identity."
 
There were 31 Democrats who voted for the bill and one Republican. Eleven Republicans opposed the bill, along with four Democrats.
 
Sen. Bryan Simonaire, an Anne Arundel County Republican who voted against the bill, questioned how the measure would affect the use of public restrooms. Sen. Jamie Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat who supported the measure, said people would be able to use the restroom for the gender they consistently have identified themselves as being. Raskin also noted that Montgomery, Baltimore and Howard Counties, as well as the city of Baltimore, already have protections in place for people who are transgender.
 
"This has not been a problem in any place where we have it, so they basically have continued to have the men's room and the women's room, and the transgender people go to the place that's consistent with their gender identity," Raskin said.
 
Raskin also said that gyms often have a third place for people to change in addition to the men's and women's rooms.
 
Sen. Allan Kittleman, who was the only Republican to vote for the bill, said Howard County has had the policy in place for three years, and he has not heard of any complaints.
 
"I worry that people will think these terrible things are going to happen when they really aren't," Kittleman said.
 
The measure also prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to dress or groom in a certain way, so long as an employee can dress or groom in a manger consistent with the employee's gender identity.
 
The measure now goes to the House of Delegates.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Kent County to Build Emergency Signal at Paramedic Station

    Kent County to Build Emergency Signal at Paramedic Station

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:21 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:21:09 GMT
    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:21 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:21:09 GMT
    SMYRNA, Del. --- Kent County is planning to install an emergency light near a paramedic station in the Smyrna area. The signal light will be installed near the Wheatleys Pond Road paramedic station and alert drivers when emergency personnel are trying to More
    SMYRNA, Del. --- Kent County is planning to install an emergency light near a paramedic station in the Smyrna area. The signal light will be installed near the Wheatleys Pond Road paramedic station and alert drivers when emergency personnel are trying to More
  • Police: Seaford Woman Drove Over Boyfriend's Leg During Argument

    Police: Seaford Woman Drove Over Boyfriend's Leg During Argument

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:16 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:16:17 GMT
    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:16 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:16:50 GMT
    A Seaford woman was arrested after she allegedly struck her boyfriend with a car.More
    A Seaford woman was arrested after she allegedly struck her boyfriend with a car.More
  • Dover Farmers Market Customers, Vendors Consider Different Locales

    Dover Farmers Market Customers, Vendors Consider Different Locales

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:13:08 GMT
    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:13:08 GMT
    DOVER, Del. --- With the change in season and conclusion this year of farmers market season, some vendors and customers at Dover's weekly event have said they feel a new location should be considered. Part of the Loockerman Way property where the the markMore
    DOVER, Del. --- With the change in season and conclusion this year of farmers market season, some vendors and customers at Dover's weekly event have said they feel a new location should be considered. Part of the Loockerman Way property where the the markMore
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • "Hood Fight Salisbury" Cell Phone Videos

    "Hood Fight Salisbury" Cell Phone Videos

    27 cell phone videos depicting brutal streets fights among teenagers in Salisbury were posted online. Local leaders including the Mayor, State's Attorney and a Reverend react to the media.More
    27 cell phone videos depicting brutal streets fights among teenagers in Salisbury were posted online. Local leaders including the Mayor, State's Attorney and a Reverend react to the media.More
  • District 38 Senate Race: Mathias and Carozza Discuss Shore Issues

    District 38 Senate Race: Mathias and Carozza Discuss Shore Issues

    With just three weeks until the Maryland elections, Delegate Mary Beth Carozza and Senator Jim Mathias addressed issues they would each face if elected into state senate, but particularly problems on the Eastern Shore.

    More

    With just three weeks until the Maryland elections, Delegate Mary Beth Carozza and Senator Jim Mathias addressed issues they would each face if elected into state senate, but particularly problems on the Eastern Shore.

    More
  • Progress on Bowers Beach Drainage Project at Mercy of the Tides

    Progress on Bowers Beach Drainage Project at Mercy of the Tides

    Wrapping up the major replacement of a drainage system beneath an oft-flooded in Bowers Beach has proved to be a slower process than some town officials and neighbors have hoped for.

    A new drainage pipe has recently replaced a smaller and older one beneath Hubbard Avenue, a frequent spot for flooding after heavy rain. The system is intended to help flood waters disperse more quickly into the Murderkill River.

    More

    Wrapping up the major replacement of a drainage system beneath an oft-flooded in Bowers Beach has proved to be a slower process than some town officials and neighbors have hoped for.

    A new drainage pipe has recently replaced a smaller and older one beneath Hubbard Avenue, a frequent spot for flooding after heavy rain. The system is intended to help flood waters disperse more quickly into the Murderkill River.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices