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Following Tuesday’s flood of supportive testimony in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Delegate Luke Clippinger just moments ago filed the Fairness for All Marylanders Act 2014 in the House of Delegates with a total of 61 co-sponsors. Delegate Bonnie Cullison was instrumental in working with Del. Clippinger in acquiring this record number of cosponsors.
Equality Maryland commends these 61 Delegates. “This is the most co-sponsors we have had on this bill,” commented Keith Thirion, EQMD’s Director of Advocacy and Programs. “Momentum is definitely growing and we are confident that 2014 is the year this bill finally passes.”
The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 would update Maryland’s statewide anti-discrimination laws to include transgender individuals. EQMD and The Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality (MCTE) are building support to keep the momentum going. Phone banks and data entry parties are happening every week. And we are preparing for a great turnout for Lobby Day on Feb. 17th. Things move quickly during the session, make sure you are signed up for emails and are following us on Facebook and Twitter.
The 61 Delegates co-sponsoring this measure are: Anderson, Barkley, Barnes, Barve, Bobo, Bromwell, Cardin, Carr, Carter, Clagett, Clippinger, Costa, Cullison, Dumais, Fraser-Hidalgo, Frick, Frush, Gaines, Gilchrist, Gutierrez, Guzzone, Hammen, Haynes, Healey, Hixson, Hubbard, Hucker, Ivey, A. Jones, Kaiser, Kelly, Kramer, Lafferty, Lee, Love, Luedtke, Malone, McIntosh, Miller, Mitchell, Mizeur, Morhaim, Murphy, Nathan-Pulliam, Niemann, Pena-Melnyk, Reznik, B. Robinson, S. Robinson, Rosenberg, Simmons, Stein, Summers, Swain, F. Turner, V. Turner, Valderrama, Waldstreicher, A. Washington, M. Washington, Zucker.
BALTIMORE - Today Equality Maryland announced its second set of endorsements for the 2014 election cycle. This list includes 21 incumbent state legislators who voted for The Civil Marriage Protections Act and completed candidate questionnaires.* All support Equality Maryland's top legislative priority - The Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which expands current law to include anti-discrimination provisions for transgender Marylanders. All are Democrats.
PAC Chair, Tim Williams, commented, “Equality Maryland's PAC is proud to endorse an additional 21 incumbents who have stood with Equality Maryland and our work for LGBT equality during their tenure on the General Assembly. We will work hard to ensure they are re-elected."
In the first round of endorsements, EQMD endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman for the Gubernatorial race along with 36 incumbent state legislators. There will be at least one more round of endorsements from the Equality Maryland PAC in the coming months.
Equality Maryland Endorsed Candidates for State Senate Districts
Equality Maryland Endorsed Candidates for House of Delegate Districts
* Copies of completed questionnaires can be requested by emailing PAC@EqualityMaryland.org (please specify the questionnaire you are requesting)
** Delegate Alonzo Washington was appointed to the House of Delegates in December 2012, and was not in the General Assembly at the time The Civil Marriage Protection Act was voted on. However his responses to the candidate questionnairre and support of LGBT issues since his appointment are exceptional and the PAC Committee along with the Board of Directors voted to include him in Round 2. January 28, 2014
Equality Maryland's Political Action Committee was established in 2006 to help elect individuals who are committed to working for fairness and equality for LGBT individuals, our families and our communities. The PAC also works to support fair-minded incumbents.