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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Don't They Have Anything Better To Do In Dover?
Gender ID Discrimination Bill Moves to the House
controversial anti-discrimination bill squeaked through the Senate this week
with the minimum number of voters needed for passage.
Bill 97 cleared the 21-member Senate on a vote of 11 to 7 (with one member
absent and two not voting) on Thursday, just eight days after its introduction.
Support and opposition was mildly split, with each camp including members of
both political parties. Ten Democrats and one Republican voted for passage.
Five Republicans and two Democrats voted "no."
legislation seeks to add the term "gender identity" to the already-existing list
of prohibited practices of discrimination in the areas of housing, employment,
public works contracting, public accommodations and insurance. It would also
provide increased penalties for those criminals who select their victims based
on the victims' gender identity.
by Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington East, the bill defines "gender
identity" as "a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a
person, regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth." Supporters say the
bill is intended to protect the rights of transgendered people and is supported
by Equality Delaware, a group formed to advocate for the rights of the lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
believe the bill infringes on the rights of other members of society and say it
is being rushed through the General Assembly, preventing the measure from being
properly vetted and increasing the chances it could have unintended
bill has been assigned to the House Administration Committee and has been slated
for consideration by the panel on Wednesday (6/12) at 2:30 p.m.
House Administration Committee consists of the collective leadership of the
House of Representatives' Democratic and Republican caucuses. Majority
Democrats outnumber Republicans on the committee, 3 to 2.
the committee's action earlier this year on legislation that has since made
same-sex marriage legal in Delaware, most observers expect that Senate Bill 97
will be released for debate on the House