Surprisingly, in its original place of publication, Pam’s House Blend, her piece was promoted to the front page of the blog. However, there it picked up an editorial comment from, well…you can imagine who:
Yes, Laurel “Lurleen ‘Laurel Ramseyer’ Blogovitch” Ramseyer decided to preface Michiko’s piece by making a declaration: “According to the fascinating exchange in the comments, HB 235 does indeed protect the homeless.”
Now, there are a couple of different ways to interpret that statement – but the most obvious is that she is declaring that an exchange has taken place in the comments section which has yielded a definitive result, and t hat result is that HB 235 does indeed protect the homeless.
As of right now – almost two full days after Michiko posted her piece – there are a total of 18 comments to it at PHB. Only three of them support ‘Equality’ Maryland’s position.
Wanna take a wild guess as to who all three of those comments are from?
So this is what the sockpuppet uses to declare that a conclusive case has been made against the claims that HB 235 is even more worthless than we originally thought: three citationless comments, one of which is just a clarification that one section of Maryland statutory law has changed numbers recently.
So, for those who can’t make out her emptiness from the screen snaps, here’s the first one - annotated:
There have been some questions regarding the housing provision in HB 235 and shelters. It is unfortunate that those who had questions did not seek clarification from EQMD as to what our sources were for this opinion prior to writing a blog.
I guess its equally unfortunate that we didn’t kiss your ring. I hate to be the one to break this to you, but you don’t get to control who has access to what actually is Maryland law.
1) The Maryland Human Relations Commission (MHRC) is the agency that monitors and enforces our state’s anti-discrimination laws. Glendora Hughes, the General Counsel for MHRC has stated that the housing provisions cover shelters.
Citation to something other than your claim that she may have said that this is an accurate statement of the law (much less that it may actually be an accurate statement of the law)?
2) The federal Fair Housing Act has also been interpreted to cover sheltes by the courts and Maryland as a state complies with the federal interpretations.
Citation to, well…, anything?
Laws are not simply the statutes themselves, but also the way in which they are interpreted and enforced. We often rely on the counsel of lawyers who practice in these areas (i.e. Ms. Hughes) or we seek out case law to determine precedent for the way in which the laws have been interpreted (i.e. the federal Fair Housing Act).
Did Cathy Brennan write this for you? If so – or even if not – are you aware that even if the Maryland Human Relations Commission has the most trans-friendly attitude imaginable on this issue, courts still have the last word?
We at Equality Maryland have NEVER argued that public accommodations are not important and necessary and have been very vocal about our commitment to keep fighting for these important protections.
Next time, save energy and just type “Incremental progress, yadda yadda yadda….”
The issue at hand seems to be a difference in strategy. One of the elements that in fact persuaded us to consider working with the sponsor on a bill focused on jobs and housing was the fact that shelters would also be included.
No, the issue at hand is that (1) a decade ago Maryland’s gays and lesbians openly and blatantly lied about the degree to which trans people were covered under existing Maryland law – lies fortified with fluffy, aspirational platitudes about potential positive interpretations of federal law and other states’ laws and, of course, personal opinions of people who had some connection to the MdHRC – in order to make Maryland legislators okay with leaving us out of all areas of civil rights, (2) people such as Morgan Meneses-Sheets are unwilling to acknowledge the lies, deceit and duplicity that went into making her enjoy the full protections of Maryland civil rights law today, and (3) trans people in 2011 have the temerity to remember and publicize what the liars and con artists of a decade ago did and we actively encourage all people to take that into account when deciding whether or not to believe anything that anyone connected with ‘Equality’ Maryland – which, whether it likes it or not, is the predecessor organization of Free State Just Us, which ramrodded (that’s just for you Cathy!) the anti-trans, gay-only rights bill through the Maryland Legislature a decade ago.
If folks have questions, it may be helpful for us to actually talk rather than making assumptions about motives, intent or results. We can be reached at email@example.com or 410-685-6567 410-685-6567 .
Take her up on that offer.
Ask them about history.
And you might want to ask her why she thinks that all of her citationless blather will be a counterweight to the statutory sections that Michiko found (and that I doublechecked) should a trans shelter case ever make it to court.
Now, here’s the meat of her second comment:
Fair housing laws cover “dwelling” units, which are defined as any building, structure or portion thereof which is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy. Fair housing laws also cover entities which control or have an affect on housing choice. Whether a non-profit or a for-profit, private or governmental agency, their housing activities are covered by fair housing laws. Examples include, but are not limited to, transitional housing, permanent placement housing, shelters, and housing vouchers.
Shelter, transitional housing, and permanent placement housing providers need to be aware of and develop fair housing policies in accordance with the federal principles, which work in concert with the state’s anti-discrimination laws. Court cases should also be taken into account.
So, yet again, the diseased philosophy of the overly-privileged, Marriage Derangement Syndrome-addled gays and lesbians of Maryland shows through – and reveals itself to have not changed one iota from 2001: gays and lesbians get the clear, concise statutory mandate and trans people get pipedreams, wishes, three card monte and layers of Maryland administrative sand piled on top of an amorphous federal bubble.
You deserved to lose the marriage vote.
My only wish at this point is that trans people could legitimately take credit for killing the marriage bill.
Come to think of it, perhaps we should anyway. That’s how the play-ah organizations work, isn’t it? How many times has the Human Right Scampaign swooped in and taken credit – or deceptively made itself appear to take credit – for something that it had nothing whatsoever to do with? Yeh – that’s the ticket! And send me some money too. Your ‘gift’ will be, ummmmmm….lets see…..ummmmmmmm, an empty diet coke bottle that I will guarantee was once used by a homeless trans person as an impromtu toilet.