Thursday, June 20, 2013
The blue state of Delaware is on quite a roll this year! Just six weeks after becoming the 11th state to enact marriage equality, the state has now become the 17th state to pass a transgender rights non-discrimination bill, thus enacting true LGBT equality in the state.
The state legislature completed work on the bill on Wednesday and Governor Jack Markell (D) signed the measure into law soon afterwards.
The fact is there are still 33 states where transgender people have no statewide protections against discrimination in employment, education, housing or public accommodations. The federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression nationwide if it became law. And right now a bare majority of Senators have agreed to say publicly that it should be.