Lynne Bowman, the founder of Equality Ohio, will serve as Equality Maryland's interim executive director, gay weekly Metro Weekly reported.

Bowman replaces outgoing Morgan Meneses-Sheets, who was fired by the group's board on Sunday.

“Ms. Bowman will step in to lead Equality Maryland on an interim basis following the departure of Morgan Meneses-Sheets, who has stepped down as executive director,” Chuck Butler, board chair, said in a statement.

Bowman said she has no desire to take on the post permanently: “I absolutely have no desire to make it a permanent thing. I think it benefits the organization to have an interim come in that doesn't have an interest in becoming the full-time executive director.”

“My role at Equality Maryland will be to help stabilize and to move things forward and to prepare the organization for their new executive director,” she added.

The shake-up comes after two high-profile bills backed by Equality Maryland failed in the Legislature this year.

A measure that sought to make Maryland the sixth state to legalize gay marriage sailed rather effortlessly through the Senate only to be shot down in the House. And a bill that would have outlawed discrimination based on gender identity (transgender protections) in the areas of housing and employment squeaked out a win in the House but died just days later in the Senate.

Equality Maryland's decision to support the transgender protections bill after its main sponsor dropped its accommodations clause was criticized by some transgender activists, several of whom testified in committee against the bill.