Maryland senator seeks apology for fired workers in ‘lavender scare’

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BALTIMORE (AP) – Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin wants Secretary of State John Kerry to formally apologize to hundreds of federal workers who were fired decades ago because of their perceived sexual orientation.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Democratic senator said in a letter to Kerry on Nov. 29 that it’s time for the country to apologize for the so-called “lavender scare.”

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2 women, 1 believed to be transgender, hit and killed in Maryland

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JESSUP, Md. (AP) — Police say the two people killed when they were hit by a car while fighting in the middle of U.S. Route 1 in Elkridge were an 18-year-old woman and another woman who’s believed to be transgender.

Howard County police identified one of the victims Oct. 16 as 18-year-old Delcy Martinez Hernandez of Elkridge. The two women were hit by a car Oct. 15. Police say according to a witness account, they were fighting in the travel lanes of the road. Both were taken to a trauma center, where they died.

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Maryland high school promotes gender-neutral homecoming court

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – Students at a Maryland high school will get to choose whether they want to be considered as a king or queen, regardless of their gender, as part of a gender-neutral homecoming court.

The Washington Post reports Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School student government representatives voted last week that the top two finalists from a ballot will be crowned at the school’s football game Oct. 7. Those honored could include two boys, two girls, transgender students or a boy-girl duo.

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Baltimore area healthcare clinic employees opt for union

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BALTIMORE (AP) – A Baltimore health clinic has voted for unionizing after five supervisors were fired amid efforts on behalf of the staff to organize.

Chase Brexton Health Care employees cast their ballots Aug. 25. The clinic caters primarily to poor populations without insurance, many of whom are HIV positive and members of the LGBT community.

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After same-sex divorce, woman denied visitation rights to child born before marriage

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland appeals court has ruled that a lesbian woman has no right to visitation or custody of a child who the woman’s former partner gave birth to before the couple married.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the Court of Special Appeals has upheld a ruling by a Washington County Circuit judge that Michelle Conover does not have parental standing over five-year-old Jaxon Conover. The boy was born six months before Michelle Conover married the boy’s biological mother Brittany Conover and 17 months before the two divorced.

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Petition falls short to repeal Maryland transgender anti-discrimination bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – An effort to repeal a bill banning discrimination against transgender people in Maryland has fallen short.

Backers of a petition to repeal the bill conceded June 1 that they gathered about 1,000 fewer signatures than they needed to get the issue on the November ballot.

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Gay lawmaker in the running for Maryland governor

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A Maryland lawmaker hopes to be elected the nation’s first openly gay governor.

Delegate Heather Mizeur plans to make her campaign announcement Wednesday for the Maryland 2014 governor’s race.

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Wedding planning underway for Maryland gay couples

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Glen Dehn and Charles Blackburn steered clear of festive election night parties, opting to watch the returns from their Baltimore home for fear Maryland voters would reject the right of same-sex couples to wed.

Turns out, there was nothing to worry about.

With voters approving a ballot question legalizing same-sex marriage, wedding plans that were once hypothetical suddenly morphed into reality.

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Marriage equality wins in Maryland and Maine

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Maine and Maryland are the first two states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote.

The outcomes broke a 32-state streak, dating back to 1998, in which gay marriage had been rebuffed by every state that voted on it.

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