71% of Marylanders support transgender rights bill

Thu. March 13, 2014 8:06 AM by OnTopMag.com

Annapolis, MD - A large majority of Marylanders support a proposed bill which seeks to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.

The measure, known as SB 212, cleared the Maryland Senate with a mostly party-line vote last week.

A similar measure died in the Senate after passage in the House in 2011.

(Related: Maryland Senate approves transgender protections bill.)

The Goucher Poll surveyed 861 adults by telephone on a wide range of issues.

When pollsters asked, "Do you [support or oppose] including gender identity in the state's anti-discrimination laws?" 71 percent of respondents said they were in support, while 20 percent said they were opposed.

More women (75%) than men (67%) said they support the legislation, which is currently in the House of Delegates.

Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley, who signed the state's marriage equality bill into law, has pledged his signature.

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