Monday, March 26, 2012

MD Gender Rights Bill Dies

There was broad support for a bill to add gender identity to the state of Maryland's nondiscrimination law, but the bill couldn't get a vote in committee and has now died.

Here is Gender Rights Maryland's report on it, from their web site:
Laurel, MD – March 26, 2012 –– Today marks the crossover date in the Maryland General Assembly for bills to move from one house to the other. It is unfortunate that we cannot report that SB212 is among those in consideration for that process. Unlike efforts last year, SB212 was never put up for a vote in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. There are multiple reasons for why this is the case but for GRMD it comes down to one -- Senate President Miller does not want this bill. It is unfortunate that a single person, despite the will of the people of this state, can decide the fate of so many Marylanders on such life and death matters as the basic civil rights of employment, housing and public accommodation.

Since the end of the 2011 legislative session events in Maryland had clearly indicated that there was strong support for this bill. Governor Martin O’Malley had publicly endorsed the measure in response to the prosecution of a hate crime against Chrissy Lee Polis’ attackers in 2011. Polling results show that 63% of Marylanders support civil rights for trans people. And yet we cannot get forward movement in the Maryland Senate.

That climate did however bear fruit with those legislators that seem to be more closely in tune with their communities. Howard and Baltimore Counties were brave enough to put forward these civil rights for their residents. GRMD was an integral part of those efforts and we are proud of the addition of gender identity protections for over one million additional Marylanders in 2012. This brings the total coverage to 2.6 million Marylanders. This should be considered remarkable progress considering that momentum in this space has been dormant since 2007. GRMD is proud to have played a strong role along with PFLAG and other allies in moving this legislation to law. Gender Rights Maryland Statement on SB212 and the General Assembly Crossover Date
This is disappointing but not entirely a surprise. There was a great wave of energy supporting the state's marriage equality legislation earlier in the session, and that sort of eclipsed this unrelated measure and drained enthusiasm from it.

There is no reason for the two bills to compete. Democrat Thomas “Mike” Miller, the Maryland Senate president, reportedly said earlier in the year that he only had time “for one gay bill this session,” and so he let this one wither on the vine. I don't know where a principle like that comes from, but there you go, Maryland, the "One Gay Bill" State. Maryland's transgender community will gain their rights county by county in time, and our heroic state legislators will be satisfied to pass "one gay bill" per session.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay! hip hip hooray!

March 27, 2012 6:56 AM  
Blogger Zoe Brain said...

Two questions:

1) If it's a gay bill... how come it doesn't cover gays? They're already covered in other legislation, and have been for years.

2) As for "one gay bill per session" - what on Earth gives anyone the idea that this will get past Senator Miller next session, or indeed, any session after that?

March 28, 2012 3:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're right

nothing on Earth





ho ha hee haw hee haw


after November, America's leftist days of governmental intervention in the personal affairs of its citizens is over

the end starts in June when the SCOTUS throws out Obamacare

March 28, 2012 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quinnipiac University Polling Institute: March 28, 2012 - Women Favor Obama In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds; Economy, Health Care Top Voter Concerns

"FLORIDA: Obama 49 - Romney 42; Obama 50 - Santorum 37

OHIO: Obama 47 - Romney 41; Obama 47 - Santorum 40

PENNSYLVANIA: Obama 45 - Romney 42; Obama 48 - Santorum 41

In his best showing in this election cycle, President Barack Obama pulls away from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in two critical swing states, while a third state remains too close to call, according to today's Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Women back the president over Romney or Santorum by 6 to 19 percentage points in the three states, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Most matchups among men are too close to call. Voters in these states are much more concerned with the economy and health care than they are with social issues and women's reproductive health.

Matching Obama against either Romney or Santorum in each of these key states - no one has won the White House since 1960 without carrying at least two of them - shows:

-Florida: Obama tops Romney 49 - 42 percent; Obama beats Santorum 50 - 37 percent.
-Ohio: Obama over Romney 47 - 41 percent; Obama leads Santorum 47 - 40 percent.
-Pennsylvania: Obama edges Romney 45 - 42 percent; Obama tops Santorum 48 - 41 percent.

"President Barack Obama is on a roll in the key swing states. If the election were today, he would carry at least two states. And if history repeats itself, that means he would be re- elected," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute..."

March 28, 2012 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you idiot

the general election hasn't even begun

right now, the Republicans are attacking each other

it won't last

and then, America will have one question for Sir Barry Obama

what are your plans after you win election and can be more "flexible"?

it won't be pretty

btw, Quinnipiac conducts polls of all registered voters not those likely to vote

there is good reason to believe that millions who registered last time because of the historic election with a chance to elect the first black President, will revert to their usual pattern

especially since Obama has alienated most of his natural constituencies

and how about the quote from 2008 that is going around where Obama said the President should be held accountable for high gas prices?

March 28, 2012 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not to mention that Obama has pulled a Fishback

his biggest accomplishment will soon be ruled unconstitutional

March 29, 2012 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for the third straight year, Obama can't find any legislator that supports his budget proposals

not even the damn, dumb Dems are that unplugged:

"The House on Wednesday night unanimously rejected a budget proposal based on President Obama's 2013 budget plan, dispatching it in a 0-414 rout."

March 29, 2012 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet RCP polling averages show Obama gaining in his lead over every GOP candidate except Ron Paul and his less than 100 delegates.

Last week, RCP poll averages were:

Obama beats Romney by an average of 4.9%

Obama beats Santorum by an average of 8.3%

Obama beats Gingrich by an average of 13.0%

Obama beats Paul by an average of 8.0%

This week, RCP poll averages are:

Obama beats Romney by an average of 5.4%

Obama beats Santorum by an average of 8.4%

Obama beats Gingrich by an average of 13.6%

Obama beats Paul by an average of 7.5%


March 29, 2012 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The House on Wednesday night unanimously rejected an alternative budget proposal based on President Obama's 2013 budget plan, dispatching it in a 0-414 rout."

No stoop is too low for Vigilance's shower nut commenter apparently.

The Hill reports

The House on Wednesday night unanimously rejected an alternative budget proposal based on President Obama's 2013 budget plan, dispatching it in a 0-414 rout.

The vote came just hours after the White House cast the pending vote as a political "gimmick," an apparent attempt to downplay what many expected to be an ugly-looking vote for the White House.

White House officials said Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), the sponsor of the alternative, was using Obama's top-line spending and revenue numbers as a budget proposal, without any specifics. On the House floor, Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) agreed that Mulvaney's amendment was not, in fact, Obama's entire budget proposal.

"This is politics at its absolute worst: presenting something as the President's budget without the policy detail, without the explanation to the American people about what's in the President's budget," he said. "And as a result, he presents a very misleading version of what the President has asked us to do."...

March 29, 2012 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, when will Barry tell us what he's planning after the election, when he can be flexible?

why can't he even devise a budget?

I think he might be incompetent

March 29, 2012 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Obama only beats Ron Paul by 7 points?

oops is right

March 29, 2012 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let's see. If Bush's 2004, three million, 50.7% to 48.3% win over Kerry was a mandate, then Obama beating a competitor by 7 percentage points would be an even bigger blowout or landslide victory for him than his 6 percentage point win over McCain in 2008 was.

Oops Oops!

March 30, 2012 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we're talking Ron Paul here

a certified nut case and 42% of Americans would rather see him as President than Obama

this speaks volumes

next year at this time, Barry will be setting rating records on Dancing with the Stars

his schedule will have more flexibility then

March 30, 2012 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do you guys justify the senate not passing a budget for 1000 days ?

do you ?

I mean it shuts the whole process down, I believe.

the house passes one.
the president suggests one.
the senate is supposed to pass one so that the negotation between the house and senate can began...

but for 3 years, the senate hasn't....

so we just keep on spending with not budget ? Hope is not a method, I thought.

March 31, 2012 8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they're waiting until after Obama gets re-elected so he have the flexibility to convert America into a Western European style socialist regime

they're in for a surprise

Obama's heading home next year

and we will see if he buys a ticket to Chicago, Hawaii or Kenya

March 31, 2012 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And which one of the GOP circus clowns is going to beat President Obama in your estimation?

Today RCP reports polling averages:

Obama beats Romney by 4.5%

Obama beats Santorum by 8.0%

Obama beats Gingrich by 13.5%

Obama beats Paul by 8.0%

April 01, 2012 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Effects of the GOP war on women:

Boosted by strong performance among women, Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) led their GOP challengers in two Quinnipiac University Polls released today.

In horserace matchups, Nelson led GOP frontrunner Rep. Connie Mack IV 44 percent to 36 percent while Brown led GOP nominee Josh Mandel, the state treasurer, 46 percent to 36 percent.

Nelson, seeking his third term representing the Sunshine State, will face the winner of a nasty primary between Mack and former Sen. George LeMieux (R). An earlier Quinnipiac University poll from January found the race between Nelson and Mack a dead heat. In this month’s poll, Nelson tied Mack among men, 41 percent to 41 percent, but led among women, 46 percent to 32 percent.

Among men, Brown was in a dead heat with Mandel, 43 percent to 42 percent. But among women, Brown led by a whopping 17 points, 48 percent to 31 percent.

Poll shows economy, women voters boost Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in Florida

A new poll of must-win swing states shows President Obama is surging and the GOP brand is getting tarnished. Gov. Rick Scott remains highly unpopular in Florida.

April 01, 2012 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a big day for TTFers!

April Fools' Day

a day when the world stops to remember fools

"MOSCOW- Russian lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would punish "homosexual propaganda" directed at minors. This comes on the heels of the recent adoption of similar legislation in St. Petersburg, the second-largest city in the country, that makes " homosexual and pedophile propaganda" punishable by fine, up to $17,000."

April 01, 2012 7:37 PM  
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Commies and showernuts, two peas in a pod!

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