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Senators Kill Transgender Protection Measure

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Advocates of increased protections for transgendered individuals will have to try again next year.

The Maryland Senate voted 27-20 Monday to send the proposal back to a Senate committee, effectively killing it on the last day of the 2011 session.

The proposal would have protected transgendered individuals from housing and employment discrimination. Activists who had pushed earlier in the session to legalize gay marriage have also lobbied for the transgender protections, but Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, made clear the measure would not likely pass his chamber.

The Senate avoided taking a conclusive vote on the bill by sending it back to committee, just as the House did with gay marriage legislation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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