• Petitioned Human Rights Campaign

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Human Rights Campaign
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Equality Maryland

Hey Maryland! Anti-Discrimination Protections Based on Gender Identity Matter More than Marriage

    1. Cathy Brennan
    2. Petition by

      Cathy Brennan

      Baltimore, MD

In a perfect world with infinite resources, we – the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender residents of Maryland and our allies – would have both civil marriage for same-sex couples and protections from discrimination based on gender identity.

But, as you know, we do not live in a perfect world. And we do not have infinite resources.

Based on the real world constraints currently facing the LGBT communities, we, the undersigned, believe that any LGBT organization doing legislative work in Maryland should prioritize – over marriage for same-sex couples – the passage of a statewide law to ban discrimination based on gender identity.  We prioritize the basic right to be free from unlawful discrimination over the right to marry your spouse.  This is not to say that marriage in unimportant – on the contrary, we recognize the importance of marriage and hope to realize the dream of marriage in Maryland in our lifetimes. However, we believe that it is our duty and obligation to ensure that all members of the LGBT communities enjoy the same level playing field – and that means putting anti-discrimination protections first.

We encourage Equality Maryland and its national partners to prioritize anti-discrimination protections based on gender identity over civil marriage.  After all, Marylanders can go to the District of Columbia now, get hitched and have their marriage recognized under Maryland law.  Individuals who suffer discrimination based on gender identity do not enjoy that same freedom.  We owe it to our transgender brothers and sisters to put anti-discrimination protections first.


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    Reasons for signing

    • J G MN
      • over 3 years ago

      Marriage is a religious concept. According to the 1st amendment it is illegal to descriminate anyone from marriage. Please take a look at this petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/freedom-of-marriage

    • Michelle Diamond QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
      • over 3 years ago

      Signed and is spreading it around. xx

    • Jennifer Lansberry COCKEYSVILLE, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      I personally believe that Anti-Discrimination Protections Based on Gender Identity would include the right to marry.

    • Robyn Watts ALEXANDER, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm sick and tired of groups like the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Maryland, and others that toss the transgendered population under the bus so that they can focus on gays and lesbian rights exclusively. They had proven time and time again that they are no better that a conservative political figure (BOTH Republican and Democratic parties are guilty of this) or a religious nutcase that works to prevent transgendered people from obtaining their rights.

    • Katherine Riley BALTIMORE, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      I am legally married in DC and fully support getting same-sex marriage legalized in my home state, but I strongly feel that the safety of others needs to be put before working on marriage equality (that said I really do appreciate your hard work thus far!!!). I could always go to a lawyer (although expensive and time consuming) and fill out forms for hospitalization and who gets what in case of death... but transfolk can't go notarize a piece of paper for their rights. All of our time needs to go into protecting human beings before we use any of our time elsewhere.


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