Maryland

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in the States

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Maryland:

Since 2001, LGBTQ non-discrimination in Maryland has ensured protections statewide from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2014, that law was expanded to include gender identity and expression.

The Path to LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Maryland:

  • May 15, 2001: Governor Parris Glendening signs the Anti-discrimination Act of 2001 into law, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment, and public accommodations, scheduled to go into effect October 1.
  • July 21, 2001: Anti-LGBTQ Opponents of the measure gather enough signatures to place a referendum on the 2002 ballot. The ACLU files a challenge to the petitions in court.
  • November 21, 2001: Anne Arundel County judge Eugene M. Lerner rules that anti-LGBTQ opponents did not have the required number of signatures to trigger a referendum, ensuring that the non-discrimination law was preserved.
  • January 23, 2013: The Fairness For All Marylanders Act, which would add gender identity to the state’s non-discrimination laws, is introduced in the legislature. It later is blocked by a Senate committee by a vote of 6-5.
  • February 20, 2014: The bill is reintroduced and is approved 8-3 by the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee on February 20. The following month, the bill passes 32-15 in the Senate on March 4, and the House of Delegates on March 27 by a vote of 82-57.
  • May 15, 2014: Governor Martin O’Malley signs the Fairness For All Marylanders Act of 2014 into law, making the state’s non-discrimination protections fully comprehensive.

Last Updated February 7, 2018

Active Litigation

M.A.B. v. Board of Education of Talbot County

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: June 18, 2018 • Case Settled
Status: Case Settled
Legal Team: FreeState Justice, ACLU and ACLU of MD
Type: Discrimination Targeting Transgender Students

St. Michaels Middle-High School in Maryland is refusing to respect the gender identity of transgender students, including M.A.B., a transgender boy, with regard to sex-segregated facilities such as restrooms.

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Stone v. Trump

Case Challenging Trump's Directive Banning Military Service for Transgender Americans

Key Date: December 21, 2017 • Appellate Court Denies Request for a Stay in Ruling for Plaintiffs
Status: Motion for Preliminary Injunction Appealed to 4th Circuit
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

On August 28 Stone v. Trump was filed in the U.S. District Court for Maryland challenging Trump's attempt to reinstate a ban on open service for transgender people.

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