Monday, April 11, 2011

Disappointment: MD Gender Identity Bill Dies in the Senate

From The Post:
The Maryland Senate has killed a measure that sought to extend anti-discrimination protections to transgender people.

On a vote of 27 to 20, the Senate sent a bill back to committee that would have offered protections in housing, employment and lending. With fewer than 12 hours remaining in the 90-day legislative session, the move effectively derailed the bill.

The measure passed the House earlier in the session, and it initially appeared that it would get no consideration in the Senate. But after heavy lobbying by gay leaders, the Senate agreed to hear the bill. It was sent to the floor on a 7 to 4 vote of the Judicial Proceedings Committee. Md. Senate derails transgender anti-discrimination bill

Those watching the vote were very disappointed to see which supposed allies let this get away, including Joanne Benson, Kathy Klausmeier, Ed Kasemeyer, Nat McFadden, Mac Middleton, Jim Robey and Bobby Zirkin. (h/t Jonathan)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many times I've wondered

But it still turns out the same

No matter how you look at it or think about it

It's life

And you've just got to play that game

April 11, 2011 4:38 PM  
Blogger Zoe Brain said...

Well, at least we've flushed them out of cover. And of course Miller voted to re-commit.

Was it 9 votes that "reconsidered"? Sounds like some pressure needs putting on Democrat fund-raisers, and others.

April 12, 2011 3:14 AM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...

In the long run, we will win these issues not because Democratic fund-raisers put pressure on the state senators who knew better, but backed out at the last moment. Appeals to conscience and simple humanity must ultimately carry the day. Because that is what the issues of transgender anti-discrimination and civil marriage equality are all about.

April 12, 2011 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's hasn't worked yet, David

bribery may be the only way to get a legislator to turn his back on his constituents and vote for the gay agenda

April 12, 2011 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, David, "appeals to conscience and simple humanity" will go right over the heads of these hateful people who are unable to tolerate transgender anti-discrimination and civil marriage equality.

Not discriminating against people who are entitled to the same Constitutional rights and protections guaranteed to all of our citizens and equal rights to marriage unions are concepts that their narrow little minds cannot grasp or cope with.

However, history will inevitably consign these hateful people and their bigoted actions to the trash bin of evil.

April 12, 2011 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"history will inevitably consign these hateful people and their bigoted actions to the trash bin of evil"

well, history is taking its sweet time about it

I guess it'll just take a few millenia

please give us an example of a transgender who has been denied their Constitutional rights

anti-discrimination laws violate the right of people to associate and do business with whoever they choose

such laws are what's going in the dustbin

April 12, 2011 6:56 PM  

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