The Senate has ended debate for the year on a bill that would have protected transgendered people from employment, credit and housing discrimination.
"The Senate’s treatment of this legislation will be remembered for a long time by the LGBT community and Marylanders who believe in equal rights for all," Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. wrote in a statement this afternoon. A Montgomery County Democrat and the chamber's only openly gay member, Madaleno vowed to file the legislation again next year.
Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, who sponsored the bill, said in an email that she is "greatly disappointed."
"After going through the painstaking process and getting so close to passage of [the bill], the Senate shamefully voted to not even give the bill an up or down vote," the Prince George's County Democrat said. "By this action, the Senate has allowed housing and employment discrimination against a vulnerable community to go unchecked."
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