Maryland ushers in 2013 with marriage equality for same-sex couples

By: Tuesday January 1, 2013 4:54 am

Congratulations to another state recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry after voter approval – Maryland joins Maine and Washington as civilized states in our union. Happy 2013 to the Marylanders ushering in a new era of civil rights for its residents. (Baltimore Sun): Shortly after 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Day, not long after fireworks [...]

#FAIL: Maryland photog weirded out by thought of shooting same-sex couple wedding pics

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 6:00 pm

Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Maryland next week, and oh it’s going to take some getting used to. How about the horror of having to photograph two men or two women for a wedding ceremony. Apparently one anonymous photog has a professional problem with the aesthetics of it: John Zito, president of the Maryland Wedding [...]

Guest Post: Afterglow

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 11:31 am

The following is a guest post by Sharon Brackett, Board Chair for Gender Rights Maryland. It was originally published in Baltimore OUTloud on November 16, 2012 and is reprinted here with permission of the author. Note from Laurel: Just as those of us in blue states must not forget the ongoing struggles of our friends [...]

Maryland online store exploits African-Americans, babies, and slavery to promote homophobia

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 7:52 am

Remember the tactics of those who defeated the marriage equality bill in Maine in 2009? In case you forget, remember this snippet of the documentary Question 1. It features Marc Mutty, the head of the campaign to stop marriage equality in Maine talking about how the dishonest fear tactics regarding children that his side used: [...]

President Obama: supporting Maryland’s marriage equality law is ‘the right thing to do’

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 7:43 am

“We’re moving forward to a country where we treat everybody fairly and everybody equally, with dignity and respect. And here in Maryland, thanks to the leadership of committed citizens and Gov. O’Malley, you have a chance to reaffirm that principle in the voting booth in November. It’s the right thing to do.” – President Barack [...]

Maryland’s Statewide Transgender Rights Bill Dies in Committee Despite Tremendous Successes at the Local Level

By: Monday March 26, 2012 9:50 am

Gender Rights Maryland reports today that Senate President Mike Miller has allowed the gender identity and expression anti-discrimination bill (SB 212) to die in committee: 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 [...]

Mother of Transgender Teen: Ignorance is Deadly, Pass the Maryland Gender Identity Anti-discrimination Bill

By: Saturday March 3, 2012 11:50 am

A bill to add gender identity to the list of classes protected against discrimination in public accommodations, housing, and employment got its first hearing last week in the Maryland state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Maryland law already prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation and disability in [...]

Guest Post: A Letter to the Maryland Senate President

By: Friday February 24, 2012 8:03 am

Guest post by: Dana Beyer, Executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland. It’s time, Maryland. We’ve made great progress protecting transgender and gender non-conforming persons in Baltimore City, Montgomery, Howard and Baltimore counties. Fifty percent of the state is now covered, more than 2.5 million people, the last two counties both within the past three months. [...]

MD Senate passes marriage equality bill 25-22; now on to governor for signing

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 6:47 pm

It’s nice to pass along such good news…from HRC’s release: On the heels of the historic House of Delegates vote last week, the Maryland Senate today approved marriage equality legislation introduced by Governor Martin O’Malley (D) that would allow committed gay and lesbian couples to marry. With the bill successfully passing through the state legislature, [...]

Maryland’s Baltimore County Council Passes Gender Identity and Expression Anti-discrimination Protections

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 9:55 am

With a decisive 5-2 vote by the Baltimore County Council on Tuesday evening, Baltimore County became the fourth jurisdiction in Maryland protecting residents against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression and sexual orientation in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodations, and financing. Howard County, Montgomery County and Baltimore City already have [...]

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