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Thursday, July 08, 2010
YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK
Dana Beyer, who is under an ethics commission investigation, has filed an action in Montgomery County Circuit Court seeking $5 million in damages for what the lawsuit alleges is unfair treatment because of being a transgendered person.
The lawsuit has been brought against both
Beyer is a policy adviser to Montgomery County Council member Duchy Trachtenberg, a key member of the council who helped pass unanimously a controversial amendment in 2007 that changed
The ethics complaint was generated by Maryland Citizens for Responsible Government, which had opposed the council's action. The complaint stemmed from an incident in which organization members were collecting petition signatures.
Beyer's approach to the organization members was caught on video:
The county's policies now include a statement regarding gender that reads: "Gender identity means an individual's actual or perceived gender including a person's gender-related appearance, expression, image, identity or behavior, whether or not those gender-related characteristics differ from the characteristics customarily associated with the person's assigned sex at birth."
The amended laws initiated a backlash of sorts because they allowed individuals with alleged "identity issues" the choice of whether to use men's or women's public facilities such as lockers and bathrooms, regardless of their gender. That means a woman who thinks she's a man could use the men's public restroom and vice versa.
It was in February 2008 when Maryland Citizens initiated its petition drive to place the new amended laws on the ballot for a public vote. On Oct. 7, 2008, the organization filed a complaint against Beyer with the ethics commission alleging Beyer interfered with the process of collecting signatures.
Beyer's discrimination lawsuit asserts that the county attorney found no evidence of wrongdoing, but Beyer received what is referred to as a "reasonable-cause finding." A reasonable-cause finding means that Beyer may have engaged in conduct that violated county ethics laws, which prohibit a public employee from "intimidating, threatening, coercing or discriminating against any person for the purpose of interfering with that person's freedom to engage in political activity." Beyer's suit dismisses the claim on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
However, Maryland Citizens attorney John Garza said both Beyer and Trachtenberg "are claiming through legislative privilege that they don't have to answer questions that the ethics commission put before them."
Garza also added that he had not heard of the privilege being used before.
Garza also said it is not coincidental the very law that Beyer helped pass in 2007 is the law being used to sue both
The petition drive to put the issue before voters fell short when
The opinion from the state Court of Appeals overturned a decision by a judge who found voters should be allowed to determine the future of the "discrimination" ban.
Circuit Judge Robert A. Greenberg concluded Bill 23-07, approved by the county board and signed into law by county executive Isiah Leggett, should be on the ballot for voters, despite the wishes of Equality Maryland, an activist group for homosexuals, which did not want voters to have their say.
The court ruled the Board of Elections should have included 'inactive voters' when calculating the number of signatures that were required to place the issue on the ballot. Months after the deadline for turning in signatures, the court increased the number of valid signatures required from 25,001 signatures to over 27,000," Maryland Citizens said.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Your Montgomery County Government at Work
Posted by PFOX at 6:03 AM