Great news out of Maryland this morning, where Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley signed a landmark trans rights bill, the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, into law. The new law, which will take effect in October, updates state nondiscrimination law and outlaw discrimination in employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations on the basis of gender identity and expression.
Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer praised the move in a statement obtained by the Washington Blade:
"I applaud the governor for his completing the process by which the transgender community has risen to full legal equality in the state of Maryland. Governor O'Malley gets to close the circle for all residents of our state."
Maryland is the 18th state, plus the District of Columbia, to pass basic protections for its trans citizens.