A bill that would outlaw transgender discrimination in Maryland appears to be in trouble.

After its 86 to 52 weekend win in the House, the measure, which would ban discrimination based on gender identity in the areas of employment, housing and credit, moved to the Senate, where it deviated from the norm on Monday.

The bill was assigned to the Rules Committee instead of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, where similar versions of the bill were previously considered.

Transgender activist Dana Beyer told gay weekly Metro Weekly that the change wasn't good news: “Bills don't go to Rules Committee unless there's a problem with them. This is not the normal process. There really is no reason for it. I would say this doesn't look good, and there's no excuse for it.”

Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller confirmed Beyer's fears, saying the effort looked destined to fail.

“At this point in time I'd say the chances of passage of that bill are next to none,” Miller told the Baltimore Sun.

Supporters say they're not ready to give up.

“We are already working with allies to keep this important bill moving,” said Morgan Meneses-Sheets, executive director of Equality Maryland.

Earlier in the session, an Equality Maryland sponsored gay marriage bill died in the House after winning approval in the Senate.