Neil Parrott is a Republican delegate from Maryland. He is challenging the Fairness for All Marylanders Act by attempting to petition the bill to referendum through the use of his online signature gathering portal, mdpetitions.com.
Gender Identity Watch opposes efforts to petition this law (and other civil rights laws) to referendum. Although we view the law as over broad and harmful to women, the idea that rights should be voted on by the majority is anathema to our core beliefs. Additionally, if he successfully petitions the bill to referendum, Marylanders can look forward to months of homophobic advertisements in media, as right-wing critics of gender identity laws rely on homophobia to justify their opposition.
Gay rights activists defeated a similar effort to overturn the Anti-Discrimination Act, which banned discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations, in 2002.