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State

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✔ Recognized
    Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    ✔ Legal
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (3-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✔ Banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Support for LGBT protections by US state

Ranked #1 out of 50 regions surveyed. (Source: PRRI, 2018)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose laws that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing?"

 
Favor (70%)

Opposition of religiously based refusals to serve gay and lesbian people

Ranked #1 out of 50 regions surveyed. (Source: PRRI, 2018)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing a small business owner in your state to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people, if doing so violates their religious beliefs"

 
Oppose (59%)

Support of same-sex marriage by US state

Ranked #12 out of 51 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research, 2014)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"

(33%) Oppose
Favor (60%)

Support of homosexuality by US state

Ranked #15 out of 51 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research, 2014)

Question: "Which statement comes closer to your own views: homosexuality should be accepted by society OR homosexuality should be discouraged by society?"

(27%) Oppose
Support (66%)

History

Homosexual activity in Maryland

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Homosexual activity in Maryland is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 19, 1999
Legal
Settlement of Williams v. Glendening, Baltimore Circuit Court.
Sources:
Eskridge, William N. "Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America", p. 395. Additionally: books.google.com/books?id=D…
Added by garrettdietz  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Same-sex marriage in Maryland

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Same-sex marriage in Maryland is legal.

Current status
Since Nov 8, 2012
Legal
In 2012, Maryland legalized same-sex marriage.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Maryland

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Maryland is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
There are no laws censoring LGBT topics in Maryland.
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Right to change legal gender in Maryland

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Right to change legal gender in Maryland is legal, surgery not required.

Current status
Legal, surgery not required
according to Movement Advancement Project.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Maryland

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Maryland is recognized.

Current status
Since Oct 1, 2019
Recognized
Maryland residents can self-identify their gender (with an X gender marker as one of the options) on their driver's license or state IDs.
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Current status
Since Oct 1, 2019
Recognized
Maryland residents can self-identify their gender (with an X gender marker as one of the options) on their driver's license or state IDs.
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LGBT discrimination in Maryland

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LGBT discrimination in Maryland is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
People are protected from discrimination based upon both sexual orientation and gender identification.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Maryland

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LGBT employment discrimination in Maryland is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since 2014
Sexual orientation and gender identity
State law provides for protections against employment discrimination in regards to both sexual orientation and gender identification.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Maryland

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LGBT housing discrimination in Maryland is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Maryland explicitly bans housing discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identification.

Additionally, the Human Rights Campaign states, "The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires grantees and participants of HUD programs to comply with local and state non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity. HUD also prohibits inquiries regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of a prospective tenant or applicant for assisted housing in every state (March 2012)."
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Same-sex adoption in Maryland

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Same-sex adoption in Maryland is legal.

Current status
Legal
State statute permits any adult to petition for adoption per MD Code Ann. Fam. Law, §5-331. Second-parent adoption has been allowed in lower courts.
Sources:
lambdalegal.org/states-regi…
MD Code Ann. Fam. Law, §5-331
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Serving openly in military in Maryland

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Serving openly in military in Maryland is legal.

Current status
Since Sep 20, 2011
Legal
Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Maryland

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Blood donations by MSMs in Maryland is banned (3-month deferral).

Current status
Since Apr 2, 2020
Banned (3-month deferral)
Blood donation centers follow the new FDA 3-month deferral guidance.
Added by JerofDoorhandle  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Dec 21, 2015–Apr 2, 2020
Banned (1-year deferral)
Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
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1983–Dec 21, 2015
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Ban on blood donations from MSMs applies to any man who has had sex, even once, with another man on or after January 1, 1977.
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Conversion therapy in Maryland

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Conversion therapy in Maryland is banned.

Current status
Banned
The Governor hss signed SB 1028 in to law which bans conversion therapy.
Added by imullin01  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Aug 14, 2016–Jun 8, 2018
Banned
one of the 12 states that have pass bills criminalizing this practice.
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Equal age of consent in Maryland

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Equal age of consent in Maryland is equal.

Current status
Equal
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