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03/25/2005

Ben Dover

by Jeremy Hooper

 In Delaware on Thursday, the House gave the go-ahead to a bill that would protect homo-gays from discrimination. The measure now heads to the Senate, where the bill has suffered a brutal death twice in the past four years.

But in order to give this year's version a snowball's chance in Del, special provisions have been added to ensure that the gay-friendly measure doesn't conflict with the state's gay marriage ban, apply to religious groups, or alter the state's employment- at-will laws (which allow an employer to discharge an employee for any reason, as long as it doesn't violate a law).

Also, the Delaware News Journal reports that additional amendments made in Thursday's House debate "deleted wording that the bill covered 'real or perceived' discrimination, and added burdens of proof that are not applied to plaintiffs alleging discrimination based on sex, age, race or religion."

Geez, by the time they finish amending this thing it might actually stimulate homo-gay discrimination. But for now, let's celebrate the victory. Yay!

Text of HB 36 [Delaware General Assembly Online]
House OKs gay rights bill [Delaware News Journal Online]

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