DelMarVA Lawmakers Set to Tackle Marriage Equality, LGBT Discrimination

The Washington Blade gives us a peek into what may be in store for the upcoming legislative sessions in Delaware, Maryland, and Virgina.

While nothing has been confirmed, Delaware, which has had civil unions since 2011, may soon begin debating gay marriage equality:

Gov. Jack Markell, who signed the state’s civil unions law in 2011, suggested to the Huffington Post last August that state lawmakers could debate a measure that would allow gays and lesbians to tie the knot this year.

Maryland will likely take up a bill to ban anti-transgender discrimination. The Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act never made it out of the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee in April of 2012 since Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller (D-Prince George’s and Calvert Counties) blocked a vote on it. The Blade reports that Miller has publicly backed a new proposed measure that Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) will formally sponsor. We will have to see what makes this new proposal more palatable to Sen. Miller.

Things look toughest in Virginia. There an anti-discrimination legislation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender persons, Senate Bill 701, faces an uphill climb in some of the Republican controlled parts of the legislature.

“The bill has passed the Senate before, but failed in the General Laws and Technology Committee last session,” [State Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)] said. “It’s a sometimes challenging environment because there’s Republican control of that committee, but we’re working hard and hope there will be a breakthrough this year.”

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