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Jack Markell on Civil Rights

Delaware Democratic Governor


Signs civil union rights into law

Delaware's LGBT community is inseparable from every Delaware community. Same-sex couples from across the state came to Dover and made it clear that their healthy, loving families make our state stronger. With the signing of the civil union law, we said to any Delawareans that regardless of sexual orientation, if you have committed yourself to someone, the law would honor your right to make those decisions together.
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Legislative Session" , Jul 1, 2011

Bans discrimination based on sexual orientation

Discrimination in any form is wrong, and I am proud to be signing a law that guarantees civil rights for all. Today's signing is a triumph for the hundreds of Delawareans who worked endlessly to increase equality.

The law adds sexual orientation to the state's anti-discrimination statute, which already bans discrimination based on traits such as gender, age, religion, nationality and handicap. Discrimination is prohibited in areas such as employment, housing, insurance and public accommodations.

Source: 2009 gubernatorial press release, "Equal Rights" , Jul 2, 2009

Other governors on Civil Rights: Jack Markell on other issues:

DE Senatorial:
Chris Coons
Christine O`Donnell
Kevin Wade
Tom Carper

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Lame ducks 2015-16:
DE-D: Jack Markell
(term-limited 2016)
KY-D: Steve Beshear
(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
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(term-limited 2016)
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(retiring 2016)
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(term-limited 2016)
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Page last updated: Jul 04, 2015