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#Fox5Unfiltered: Should transgender people be allowed to use public bathroom of opposite sex?

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Maryland just became the second state after California to pass a law that prohibits discrimination based on what is called "gender identity.” The law will protect transgender people in the workplace, with housing and public accommodations.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed the bill into law, which goes into effect on October 1.

But now some republicans are trying to have the law overturned.

The controversy over the law is the “public accommodations" will mean men who identify as women will be allowed to use women's bathrooms.

On a national level, people agree with not discriminating, but they disagree with the bathroom issue.

Rasmussen Reports did a national poll this month on the issue. It showed that more Americans support than oppose a gender-discrimination law in their own state. 46 percent favor this law while 34 percent are opposed.

But when asked if they support allowing transgender people to use public bathrooms of the opposite sex, which would allow a man to use the woman’s bathroom just by claiming he is a woman, 56 percent opposed it while 24 percent favored it.

Maryland State Delegate Neil Parrott, who also runs MDPetitions.com, which is trying to get enough signatures to force a referendum in the November election and Keith Thirion from Equality Maryland, a civil rights organization advocating for equal protection under the law for Maryland's LGBT community joined us to discuss this issue. (Click on the video above to watch)

We also invite you to weigh in. Join the conversation on our Twitter page @fox5newsdc using the hashtag #fox5unfiltered or on our FOX 5 Facebook page and let us know what you think.


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