The Maryland Senate has returned a transgender protections bill to committee, effectively killing passage of the bill this session, gay glossy The Advocate reported.

The Judicial Proceedings Committee OK'd the measure,which would ban discrimination based on gender identity in the areas of employment, housing and credit, with a 7 to 4 vote on Saturday.

But on Monday, a 27 to 20 vote in the Senate returned the bill to committee, a move that ends its chances of passage this year because the legislative session ends on Monday.

The House approved the measure and sent it to the Senate with an 86 to 52 vote just last week.

Several transgender activists refused to back the bill after its lead sponsor, Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk, removed its protections for public accommodations, generally the most controversial provisions of such laws.

Transgender activist Dana Beyer told the magazine that she was surprised by the loss.

“We believe we had the votes,” she said. “There was pressure from up top not to allow our side to move forward.”

Opponents of the law testified in committee that such a law would hurt children.