Delaware just passed a nondiscrimination bill, and it's now waiting for the governor's signature, although he's said he'd do it:
"It protects the most basic activities of human life -- moving about the world, earning a living, keeping a roof over your head," Fennell said. "Now the state has said you can't be discriminated against because of sexual orientation."
The measure, Senate Bill 121, adds sexual orientation to the list of protections under Delaware's anti-discrimination law. That law covers housing, employment, public works contracting, public accommodations and insurance.
They pushed it through past several conservative amendments that would have weakened the language of the bill, and even got this power quote from a Republican:
"I'm convinced that lesbians can be made," Venables said. "I don't want it taught in our schools that this is a normal lifestyle."
And how does one make a lesbian? Well, I'm sure that's a question best left to the ladies.
But the amendments the conservatives wanted were out of the question:
•Clarified that the bill could not be used to force recognition of same-sex marriages.
•Prevented schools from teaching acceptance of homosexuality.
•Allowed individuals and businesses who object to homosexuality because of "sincerely held religious or conscientious beliefs" not to be forced to participate in objectionable practices.
The marriage one was a red herring. Schools should be teaching the acceptance of all disempowered groups. But the last one looks pretty broadly worded, since everyone who's homophobic I'm sure thinks that their beliefs are "sincerely held." That's the whole point of antidiscrimination legislation: to fight against the people who sincerely believe in discriminating.
The bill is sexual orientation only. So start the counter on how long it takes for them to go back for the trans folks. I don't know anything about Delaware electoral or LGBT politics, so I'll withhold judgment.