The Delaware Legislature passed the Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act Wednesday, adding gender identity as a protected nondiscrimination category alongside race, age, religion, and sexual orientation.
"The Delaware Legislature sent a clear message today," said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, "that transgender residents deserve to be treated equally and protected under the law."
Supporters of the legislation say the law is necessary because transgender individuals may be straight or gay and thus not all are protected under current anti-discrimination laws. The legislation will also allow for Delaware’s hate crimes law to include punishments for targeting someone based on their gender identity.
Delaware is the 17th state to protect transgender individuals from discrimination under the law.
Media Resources: Press Release 6/19/2013; Washington Post 6/18/2013
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