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09/09/2008

Legal reassignment: Montgomery Co. law completes transition

by Jeremy Hooper

MarylandGood news out of Montgomery County, Maryland. The state's highest court has ruled that a year old law designed to protect the transgender community from discrimination will not be put up to a referendum, and will instead go into immediate effect:

MARYLAND HIGH COURT THROWS OUT REFERENDUM PETITION THAT ATTEMPTED TO OVERTURN A TRANSGENDER ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW [AP via DelmarvaNow]

Countdown to the tired ol' "activist judge" claims: 20, 19, 18, 17...

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CONGRATS TO ALL: This from tfeminist... on PHB.

A little note: I spent over a month and a half and many late nights assisting in the preperation of the final evidence for this case with Lisa Mottet from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Anna Lucas and Briget from Equality Maryland, and a small handful of other dedicated volunteers. This included many late nights pouring over thousands of signatures. So I am so happy to see this effort was a success.

This is a huge victory for trans and gender variant individuals in Montgomery County, Maryland, but also across the US.

Normally I do not do this either. I have to thank EVERY queer organization in DC and Maryland for being so supportive of this effort, including the HRC. All of them deserve credit, they contributed both money and recruited volunteers for this effort lead by Lambda, Equality Maryland, Equal Rights Montgomery, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Posted by: LOrion | Sep 9, 2008 4:26:32 PM

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