Canada House passes transgender law

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

OTTAWA (AP) — Canada's House of Commons has passed a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people.

The legislation passed Wednesday by a vote of 149-137, with the crucial support of 16 Conservatives, including four cabinet ministers.

The bill now goes to the Senate which is unelected and should approve the law.

It was one of the first tests of the Conservative caucus' resolve on gay and transgender rights in Canada at a time when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been mounting a strong defense of such rights abroad.

Opposition parties were united in their support for the bill, sponsored by New Democrat Randall Garrison.

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