Governor Jack Markell signed the Gender Identity Non-discrimination Act (SB 97) June 19, ensuring equal legal protections to transgender individuals in Delaware.
The bill forbids discrimination against a person on the basis of gender identity and provides for increased punishment of a person who intentionally selects the victim of a crime because of the victim's gender identity. Nearly 200 Delaware businesses had signed a statement of support for the passage of the law.
"Our mission to build a welcoming and accepting state that can compete in the global economy requires laws that reflect our values," said Markell. "Today, we guarantee that our transgender relatives and neighbors can work hard, participate in our communities, and live their lives with dignity and in safety."