The Delaware Senate voted 11–7 Thursday to approve a bill that will add gender identity to the state’s hate crimes and nondiscrimination laws. This includes protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations. It now goes to the House for consideration. When Delaware approved marriage equality earlier this year, the Senate’s vote was 12–9.
The trans nondiscrimination bill has the support of Attorney General Beau Biden and Gov. Jack Markell. Opponents have attacked it as a “bathroom bill,” making unfounded claims about how trans people are dangerous. Delaware would only be the 17th state to offer such legal protections for the trans community.