[T]here were many milestones this session:
- The Civil Marriage Protection Act made it out of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (7-4); passed out of the House Judiciary after an extremely tough vote (12-10), and finally passed through the Maryland Senate with a vote of 25-21.
- The Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act, an important first step providing job and housing protections for transgender Marylanders made it our of the House Health & Government Operations Subcommittee (5-3), the House Health & Government Operations Committee (15-8); the full House with bipartisan support (86-52), got out of the Senate Rules Committee, an extremely significant hurdle, and finally through the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (7-4).
But in spite of these achievements, several members of the LGBT community and our allies are extremely upset that Maryland is still not living up to the promise of equality for all citizens. We, at Equality Maryland, understand and share this frustration.
Actually, people are upset that part of ‘Equality’ Maryland’s failure to live up to its own name is the fact that it demonstrates its “understand[ing]” of people’s “frustration” by deleting criticism of it from its Facebook page.
Folks, once it became clear that ‘Equality’ Maryland’s actual agenda for trans people in 2011 was 2001 on steroids – beyond omission to the letting loose of a diseased legislative philosophy into America’s 50-state laboratory (one which Tom Lang has confirmed…
[K]ey people within the MA Legislature WERE watching and keeping updated on what transpired with the Maryland Gender Identity Bill. Now Massachusetts knows that the Transgender Community will NOT compromise one inch on the MA Transgender Rights Bill either!
…would indeed have had the negative effect outside of Maryland that us mean, nasty, non-Marylanders said that HB235 would) – our goal became killing HB235.
That goal materialized.
How much of it was the result of ‘not my shower’-oids taking advantage of the fact that, unlike 2001, trans people organized nationally against the hegemony of gay greed and how much of it was the direct effect of trans people organizing nationally against the hegemony of gay greed is unclear – and it may never become clear.
However, just as whether the winning goal for your team in a soccer game comes from a David Beckham midfield strike or an owngoal by a hungover goalkeeper ultimately doesn’t matter, at this moment at least it does not matter precisely how HB235 died.
‘Equality’ Maryland has been shown up to be a political failure.
We won the legislative war.
We cannot now let ‘Equality’ Maryland win the spin peace.