The House Administration Committee passed Senate Bill 97 by a 4-1 vote margin. The full House is expected to vote on the proposal next week.
“Transgender Delawareans are not afforded basic legal protections from discrimination and violence that every person deserves,” Gov. Jack Markell said in an op-ed the Huffington Post published on Tuesday. “Under our state’s laws, it is currently legal to fire someone, deny them housing, or throw them out of a restaurant simply because they are transgender. This is simply not the Delaware way and it is time our laws reflect our values.”
Sixteen states and D.C. have trans-inclusive anti-discrimination laws. Thirteen of those states and the nation’s capital have also added gender identity and expression to their hate crimes statutes.