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Bill to Place Equal Protection into Delaware State Constitution

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There is a move in the Delaware General Assembly to put an equal protection clause into the state constitution.

The protected classes not only include such categories as race, age, religion creed and color but also sexual orientation and gender identity.

State Senator Karen Peterson a sponsor of the amendment told the Wilmington News Journal that this sentence would make a statement about Delaware’s values.

The paper reports the First State has enacted laws to prohibit discrimination in areas such as employment and housing as well as prohibiting higher insurance rates for transgender people.

The Dover Democrat said that there are still a number of gaps in state law that should be addressed.

The calls for amendment come after efforts in Arkansas and Indiana that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians on religious grounds.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.