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Fairness for All Marylanders Act Goes into Effect Today

October 1st, 2014 by WCBC Radio

One of the more controversial laws going into effect today in Maryland will see transgender residents of the state protected from discrimination as the Senate passed the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which prohibits discrimination against gender-identifying individuals in housing, labor and other public places such as restaurants and hotels. The law exempts religious organizations and educational institutions, and owner-occupied rentals with five units or fewer. The new law also does not apply to locker rooms, where people are expected to publicly disrobe.  Maryland will join at least 17 other states and the District of Columbia in prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity, according to the policy note attached to the bill. The bill was subject to many hours of often times heated debate during this year’s session of the Maryland General Assembly. One of the more staunch opponants has been republican State Senator Nancy Jacobs…


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