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Anti-Discrimination Bill May Make it to Referendum

May 1st, 2014 by WCBC Radio

The bill that extends the protections of the state's anti-discrimination law to transgender people may go before voters this year. Washington County Delegate Neil Parrott, House Minority Whip Kathy Szleiga and other legislative Republicans are launching a petition drive to get the issue on the ballot in November. Parrott heads a group called MDPETITIONS.COM. The bill approved by lawmakers this year would add gender identity to race, sex, religion and sexual orientation to receive protection under the state's anti-discrimination laws in employment, credit, housing and public accommodations. Republicans who opposed the bill in this year's legislative debate dubbed it the "bathroom bill."  They argued that men would use the protections of the legislation to go into women's bathrooms and attack women and girls. Szleiga said the bill was rushed through without the proper time for a thorough study…


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