Ike Writes to Baltimore
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The Honorable Vicki Almond
Baltimore County Council
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
February 8, 2012
Dear Councilmember Almond:
Thank you for your letter concerning Bill 3·12 / Human Relations as it relates with my experiences as Montgomery County Executive.
I had the honor of signing Montgomery County Bill 23·07 on November 21,2007, making my county the second jurisdiction in Maryland to provide comprehensive civil rights protection to the transgender and gender nonconforming communities. Last year we were joined by Howard County last year, bringing the percentage of state residents covered by such protections to 32 percent.
In addition, last December the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, ruled that discrimination against transgender and gender nonconforming individuals is considered sex discrimination, and is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.
As you are all responsible for the health and welfare of your county residents, let me state without hesitation that nothing untoward has occurred in Montgomery County over the past four years. Contrary to all the fear-mongering of the opposition, none of which is or has ever been based in fact, life in Montgomery County has improved for everyone since that time. As County Police Chief Manger pointed out in a letter to Councilmember Quirk last month, the allegations made against the County with respect to assaults perpetrated over the past four years by "cross-dressing men" in women's restrooms are completely without merit.
We look forward to the day when all our state's residents are free from discrimination. We are proud to have had our County move closer to that goal, and stand by you in your efforts to do the same for your great county.
CC: Baltimore County Councilmembers
Kevin Kamenetz, County Executive