Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill in May banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity, adding Maryland to the list of seventeen states and the District of Columbia that protect the rights of transgender individuals. The transgender rights legislation prohibits discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public restrooms.

Governer O’Malley stated “We are One Maryland — united in a belief in the dignity of every individual. We passed marriage equality and successfully defended it at the ballot box, we passed the DREAM Act to expand opportunity to all of our neighbors, and we extended protections for gender identity. Marylanders stand on the side of fairness and progress, and we will keep moving forward together.”

The bill took effect on October 1st, 2014.


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