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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | October 27, 1999
The state school board began wrangling yesterday over whether to explicitly protect students from harassment because of sexual orientation, the latest contentious battle over gay rights in Maryland.At one point, the bitter, two-hour hearing before the board became so sexually explicit that four board members temporarily walked out. The board is to vote on the issue today.State educators are proposing to add a new, broadly stated regulation calling for "all students in Maryland's public schools" to be safe and free from any form of harassment.
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By [JENNIFER SKALKA] and [JENNIFER SKALKA],Sun Reporter | May 16, 2007
Gov.Martin O'Malley signed an executive order yesterday stating that state employment decisions will be based solely on merit and fitness, and reinforcing an anti-discrimination policy for hiring and personnel activity. The order also mandates that the secretary of budget and management appoint a statewide equal opportunity coordinator to ensure that Maryland is complying with state and federal employment laws. "To bring the best workers to Maryland?s state government we need to guarantee every employee the basic protections that they deserve, and that our state government sets an example for equal employment opportunities throughout Maryland," the governor said in a statement.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2002
The state school board backed away yesterday -- for at least the third time in as many years -- from explicitly protecting gay and lesbian students from harassment in Maryland's public schools. The move came as a response to legislative -- and community -- fears that the policy's new wording would require the teaching of homosexuality in classrooms statewide, something school board members say it would not do. State Sen. Delores G. Kelley, chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, wrote a letter to the board pointing out what she later called a "technical glitch" in the wording of the policy revision.
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By Arizona Republic | July 22, 1991
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The 70th Triennial Episcopal General Convention dealt with 580 resolutions in its 10 days, with many relating to homosexuality.The church decided not to forbid the ordination of homosexuals or the blessing of same-sex unions, but it did mandate that bishops write a pastoral teaching on sexuality to be presented at its next convention.The 121 dioceses in the church are to solicit input from local congregations and to report their findings to the bishops.However, the church refused to issue a law that would have guaranteed members the right to obtain ordination credentials despite their sexual orientation, gender, age or physical disability.
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November 28, 2012
I predict that the Nov. 6, 2012 election will be a benchmark in American history. The re-election of a black president is a bugle call to the future to begin. The status quo is dying to make way for a new sense of democracy. The numbers showed that there are more of "us" then there are of "them. " The Republican Party could not muster enough of their camp to overtake those of us who want change. This alone is historical. Moreover, here are the historical reasons for my prediction: Since the nation re-elected Barack Obama, bigotry is in decay.
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By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | February 21, 1998
The headmistress' call for tolerance of homosexuality at a Baltimore County private school for girls has sparked a controversy that led to an emotional meeting with 150 parents yesterday.Parents at St. Paul's School for Girls in Brooklandville met with Headmistress Evelyn A. Flory for 90 minutes to discuss remarks she made that upset at least a dozen parents."These are our children," said Margaret Grasmick of Phoenix, a mother who is considering removing her ninth-grader from St. Paul's. "It is not the school's place to coach our children in how to view sexual orientation."
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | October 20, 1994
Several students and staff members of Carroll Community College urged the board of trustees last night to say, in no uncertain terms, it won't tolerate discrimination against gays.Meanwhile, the board is considering a policy change recommended by the county attorney that decries discrimination but stops short of specifying sexual orientation.The board will meet next Nov. 16 to discuss and vote on the matter.Ten people, all students, staff or former staff, testified before the board in support of including the words "sexual orientation" in all statements of nondiscrimination that name other groups.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | March 22, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- The House of Delegates passed two civil rights measures yesterday involving housing discrimination and religious and ethnic crimes, but killed by a single vote a third bill that would have required police to gather data on "hate crimes" against homosexuals."
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By Chai Feldblum | September 24, 2007
On Sept. 5, Michael Carney, an openly gay Massachusetts police officer, eloquently told members of the House of Representatives why the Employment Non-Discrimination Act continues to be essential. Mr. Carney, who endured job discrimination once he made the courageous decision to come out to his colleagues, said, "Had I not been successful in fighting the bias that tried to prevent me from working, all the good I have done for some of the most vulnerable people in my community would never have happened."
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | October 5, 2000
Saying they wanted to ease the confusion of donors, officials of the United Way of Central Maryland announced yesterday that they will continue to fund the local council of the Boy Scouts of America, despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows the organization to prohibit those who are openly gay from becoming troop leaders. United Ways in several states, including New York and Florida, have pulled their funding from the Boy Scouts in protest against the policy. Several school districts across the country have prohibited Scout troops from using schools to recruit new members, and an Anne Arundel County family recently asked that school district to do the same.
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