Maryland lawmakers passed a bill today that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit.

The Fairness for All Marylanders Act defines gender identity as the “gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth”. Gender identity can be demonstrated by “consistent and uniform assertion of the person’s gender identity or any other evidence that the gender identity is sincerely held as part of the person’s core identity.”

Four localities — Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery counties — already prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, but there is not a state law against it.

The measure, which passed on a 32-15 vote, will now move to the House of Delegates for approval. If the bill is signed into law, Maryland will be the 18th state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people.

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