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Battle Brews Over Delaware State Song

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The Delaware state song is getting some attention with state Representative Gerald Brady sponsoring a bill that would replace the male pronouns with gender-neutral language.

The Wilmington Democrat told the News Journal that the social mores had changed and that the words should be updated.

He also has the backing of 88-year-old Donn Devine a resident in his district who apparently contributed to the song “Our Delaware”.

He authored the fourth verse that was added in the 1950’s after winning a contest sponsored by the governor’s office.

But some lawmakers were not pleased.

State Senator Colin Bonini asked, “Is this a joke?”

The News Journal reports that it is an echo of the fight over Maryland’s state song that referred to President Lincoln as a tyrant.

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.