Maryland Shouldn't Expand 'Non-Discrimination' Laws


Maryland's state legislature is now considering bills that would extend
"non-discrimination" protections in employment, housing, and public
accommodations to transsexuals, transvestites, and other cross-dressers.

expansive definition of "gender identity" in the bill would allow people to
change their sex every day, if they wanted to. FRC's Vice President for Policy
Peter Sprigg testified against the bill at a committee hearing yesterday in
Annapolis. He pointed out that "gender identity disorder" is classified as a
mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, and that
"transgendered" people need mental health treatment to overcome their
disturbance, not legislation to affirm it.

Peter added that "residents who
believe it is better for men to remain men and women to remain women ought to
have freedom to act on those beliefs, without facing stigma or punishment."

Dr. Paul McHugh ended the practice of performing "sex reassignment
surgery" when he was psychiatrist-in-chief at Maryland's prestigious Johns
Hopkins University Hospital. He wrote, "We have wasted scientific and technical
resources and damaged our professional credibility by collaborating with madness
rather than trying to study, cure, and ultimately prevent it." Let's hope the
Maryland legislature rejects the idea of "collaborating with madness," and
defeats this bill.

Testimony of Peter Sprigg before the Maryland General Assembly

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