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.