Gay marriage ban resurfaces in MD – By Joshua Lynsen

Lawmakers also to consider trans anti-discrimination bill

Maryland lawmakers are certain to consider at least two gay issues this session, including a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

That measure ? along with a bill to bar discrimination based on gender identity and expression ? were filed this week in the General Assembly. Both issues are guaranteed hearings before the session concludes April 9.

Equality Maryland Executive Director Dan Furmansky pledged to fight the proposed amendment.

The legislation, offered as Senate Bill 516, would bar discrimination against transgender people in the areas of employment, housing, credit and public accommodations. It has two sponsors, including the Senate?s only openly gay member, Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County).