In a little-noticed development, opponents of a transgender non-discrimination law approved earlier this year by the Baltimore County Council attempted to kill the law by circulating petitions to gather signatures needed to place it on the ballot in a referendum.
Organizers announced on Tuesday that they failed to obtain signatures from the required three percent of voters in the county needed to place the law on the ballot. The law bans discrimination against transgender people in the county in the area of employment, housing and public accommodations.
With the referendum process stopped, the law took effect Monday, April 9. Baltimore County becomes the fourth jurisdiction in Maryland to put in place a non-discrimination law protecting the transgender community. Baltimore City, Montgomery County and Howard County have similar laws on the books.
Dana Beyer, executive director of the statewide transgender advocacy group Gender Rights Maryland, said the group is considering pushing for a trans non-discrimination measure in Prince George’s County next year.