In an email to donors, Equality Maryland announced it is holding a “celebration” potluck dinner on April 3. The notice, signed by Equality Maryland field organizer Owen Smith, stated: “We know this might sound a bit odd, but even though SB 449 didn’t make it through committee, we’re throwing a party. Why? Because together with you, our community and concerned people all over Maryland we created a historic precedent. We worked together to form an empowered community that stands together.”
The Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee on March 14 voted 5-6 to kill SB 449, The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2013. The bill, had it passed, would have provided statewide anti-discrimination protections on the basis of gender identity and expression in housing, employment and public accommodations. Equality Maryland, along with other state groups, worked to get the measure passed.
The potluck will take place at the GLCCB, 241 West Chase St. in Baltimore from 6:30-9:30 p.m.