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MD Lawmakers Fail To Meet Deadline For Transgender Law Petition

June 5th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Maryland lawmakers failed to get enough signatures by the May 31st deadline for a petition to get a referendum on a transgender rights law. The petition was part of a larger effort to overturn the legislation. A bill known as the Fairness for all Marylanders Act of 2014 was recently signed into law by Governor Martin O'Malley. It protects the rights of transgender people by banning discrimination related to public accommodation, employment and housing. Those who oppose it are calling it the "Bathroom Bill," claiming it would allow men to walk freely into a woman's bathroom and vice versa, if they simply claim they identify with a certain gender. The petition drive, which fell short by about a thousand signatures, was spearheaded by Washington County Delegate Neil Parrott…


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