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State Of Equality Round-Up: June 6-10, 2011

June 10, 2011 6:04 pm ET by Equality Matters staff

To check out last week's State of Equality Round-Up, click here.

Connecticut

Monday: Legislature Adds Transgender Protections To Anti-Discrimination Laws. The Connecticut State Senate voted 20-16 on Saturday to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of categories that cannot be discriminated against in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit. The bill now goes to Governor Dan Malloy’s desk, where it is expected to be signed.

Maine

Wednesday: Legislature Rejects Anti-Transgender Bill. The Maine House and Senate rejected a bill that would have prevented transgender individuals from filing complaints against schools and other public institutions for restricting bathroom and locker room access. The final House vote was 61-81 and the final Senate vote was 11-23.

Wednesday: House Approves Anti-Bullying Legislation.  The Maine House voted unanimously to pass a bill that would define bullying and institute preventive measures in order to protect all students, including LGBT and questioning youth.

Virginia

Wednesday: Juvenile Justice Board Backs Ban On Sexual Orientation Discrimination. The Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice voted unanimously to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, despite the recommendation of state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Friday: Directive Issued To Prevent Transgender Veteran Discrimination. The Veterans Health Administration issued a directive Friday stipulating that all transgender and intersex veterans are entitled to receive the benefits they’ve earned without discrimination and across all Virginia healthcare facilities. 

Wyoming

Monday: Supreme Court Grants Divorce To Same-Sex Couple. The Wyoming Supreme Court unanimouslyoverturned a lower court ruling and granted a divorce to a same-sex couple, comparing same-sex marriages performed out of state to common law marriages which, although they aren’t recognized by the stage government, can be dissolved within the state.




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