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Maryland Republicans propose changes to Gender Identity discrimination bill to block sexual predators

A bill moving through the Maryland House of Delegates that would extend protections to transgendered persons using public facilities like bathrooms is encountering resistance and debate by Republican members.

Del. Kathy Szeliga proposes removing public facilities like bathrooms from the bill’s protection, contending that sexual predators could gain access to bathrooms dressed as members of the opposite sex.

Supporters of the bill shot back saying that public accommodations would apply to more than just bathrooms and would include movie theaters, hotels, and restaurants and would effectively violate civil rights.

Opponents of the bill have created a website defending their position.

Del. Szeliga says she will bring the her amendment back to the table after changes before the House votes on the bill as early as this week.

From the Washington Post.

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