Maryland Shouldn't Expand 'Non-Discrimination' Laws

| by FRC
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.

The 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.

FRC: Testimony of Peter Sprigg before the Maryland General Assembly