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A federal judge in Virginia on Monday stayed the case of Harris v. Rainey, one of two cases challenging Virginia's voter-approved constitutional amendment banning any recognition of same-sex relationships, pending a decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Virginia Michael Urbanski stayed on the Harris case, which was brought by ... [Read]

The conservative political site MDPetitions.com is asking visitors to the website to fill out a survey on whether they would support gathering petition signatures aimed at overturning SB 212, a transgender-rights bill that is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) in the coming weeks.  The survey, which is open to the public, asks participants whether they ... [Read]

A new poll by Quinnipiac University finds that half of all Virginian voters support allowing same-sex couples to marry, with marriage equality supporters leading opponents 50 percent to 42 percent.  The Quinnipiac poll, which surveyed 1,288 Virginia voters via land line and cellular phones from March 19-24, found that women overwhelmingly support allowing same-sex couples to wed in the commonwealth, ... [Read]

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill to prohibit discrimination against transgender people in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations by a vote of 82-57 on Thursday, setting it up to to be signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). The bill, SB 212, takes protections for transgender people that already exist on a local level in ... [Read]

A bill that would extend protections to transgender Marylanders by prohibiting various forms of discrimination based on a person's gender identity passed its second reading in the Maryland House of Delegates Wednesday, but House Republicans indicated they intend to vehemently oppose the bill and will attempt to sidetrack it by offering several amendments during the bill's third reading on ... [Read]

The Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee passed SB 212, a bill that would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations based on a person's gender identity or expression, by a 13-9 vote Tuesday, sending the measure to the floor to be debated by the full chamber later this week. The bill, which passed the Senate by a ... [Read]

The Goucher Poll, conducted by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Baltimore-based Goucher College, released findings Wednesday showing widespread support for Maryland's gender-identity bill. The measure would extend gender-identity protections in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations across the state. The bill is now awaiting a vote in a House of Delegates committee. The Maryland Senate passed its ... [Read]

The U.S. Appeals Court for the Fourth Circuit on Monday issued three orders relating to two pending cases challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. The first case, Bostic v. Rainey, was heard in February by U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, Arenda L. Wright Allen, who found that Virginia’s constitutional amendment – known as the Marshall-Newman ... [Read]

Maryland Senate passes gender identity bill, 32-15

By John Riley
March 4, 2014 12:08 PM |
The Maryland Senate passed a bill Tuesday morning that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations based on a person's gender identity or expression, capping off an eight-year-long legislative fight to get such a measure passed in the upper chamber.  The bill, SB 212, passed the Senate on a mostly party-line vote of 32-15, the largest margin ever ... [Read]

The Maryland Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee passed along a party-line vote Thursday a nondiscrimination bill that would extend protections in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations to all of Maryland's transgender residents, capping an eight-year struggle to prohibit discrimination based on a person's gender identity or expression. The bill, SB 212, is similar in scope to bills that have passed ... [Read]

A bill that would allow public institutions of higher education and localities in Virginia to expand health insurance coverage to a spouse, partner or other qualified dependent of LGBT employees, and others, passed the Virginia Senate Friday on a bipartisan 26-14 vote.  All 20 Democrats in the upper chamber voted in favor of the plan, as did Sen. John Cosgrove ... [Read]

U.S. District Court Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen today told parties in the case of Bostic v. Rainey, which is challenging Virginia's constitutional amendment banning recognition of marriage and any other form of relationship or contract between same-sex couples, that she will issue a ruling "soon," after hearing arguments in the case in U.S. District Court for the Eastern ... [Read]

The Virginia House of Delegates voted 65-32 Monday morning to pass HB706, a bill that would amend the Code of Virginia to allow the General Assembly as a whole, either chamber of the Assembly, or any current member of the General Assembly to intervene as party to defend the constitutionality of a law passed by the Legislature if the governor and ... [Read]

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax counties), Virginia's first and only out gay General Assembly lawmaker, announced Thursday that he has filed paperwork to start campaigning for the Democratic nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) as the congressman for the state's 8th Congressional District. The primary is scheduled for June 10.  As a member of the House ... [Read]

Equality Maryland PAC, the political action committee for Maryland's major LGBT-rights organization, today released a second round of endorsements, 21, for General Assembly candidates, making a total of 57 endorsements: 19 for the Maryland Senate and 38 for the House of Delegates.  The PAC, which works to elect pro-LGBT lawmakers, based its endorsements on candidates' votes and responses to questionnaires ... [Read]