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May 2, 2016 11:47 AM

Newmarket to consider laws protecting transgender individuals

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NEWMARKET – Taking a cue from Durham’s February passage of an anti-discrimination resolution protecting transgender individuals from discrimination, the Newmarket Town Council will vote on a similar measure next week.

Foster's Daily Democrat reported the measure, called “Supporting the Equality of all Individuals without Regard to Actual or Perceived Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or Gender Expression,” came about after the measure spearheaded by UNH LGBTQ activists was passed by the Durham Town Council.

If passed, Newmarket would be the third city in the state to pass such a resolution. New Hampshire currently has no state statute forbidding discrimination against a person for their gender identity. Durham's resolution was strictly aimed at the council urging the state to amend its current anti-discrimination statutes to include protections for all gender expressions and identities. Durham had, according to the Feb. 1 minutes, already adopted a transgender-inclusive non-discrimination policy for town employees in 2013.

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