June 14, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Delaware House schedules vote on transgender rights bill

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Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Delaware House on Tuesday is scheduled to vote on a bill that would add gender identity and expression to the state’s anti-discrimination and hate crimes law.

The House Administration Committee on Wednesday approved Senate Bill 97 by a 4-1 vote margin.

The measure passed in the Delaware Senate last week.

Sixteen states and D.C. include gender identity and expression in their anti-discrimination laws. Thirteen of those states and the nation’s capital have also enacted trans-inclusive hate crimes statutes.

“We are very pleased that the bill is out of committee with a bi-partisan vote,” Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman told the Washington Blade after the House committee vote. “On to the House floor, where we look forward to passage.”

Gov. Jack Markell said he would sign SB 97 into law if lawmakers approve it.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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