Can any person of good will oppose adding this language to the Delaware Constitution?

Call your Delaware legislators (details below)

Support Senator Karen Peterson’s equal protection amendment.

The Delaware General Assembly is winding down, due to complete its present session on June 30th.  When it’s done, what will have been accomplished?   So far, not enough.

The announced retirement of Sen. Karen Peterson is a big loss to the Senate and the people of Delaware, who need all the help they can get. 

In the Senate for 14 years, Peterson has consistently been a voice for social and economic justice, and often a strong ally on environmental issues such as keeping incineration out of Delaware.  She’s a long-time opponent of the death penalty. 

Peterson had to put up with some hateful behavior from some of the old men running the Senate. 

She is one of very few Delaware legislators who could truly be called “progressive.”

Prior to entering the Senate, Peterson had a 28 year career with the Delaware Department of Labor, when that agency probably had more interest in protecting workers than it does now.

Peterson has proposed an amendment to the Constitution of Delaware to add these words:

Section 21. Equal protection under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of race, sex, age, religion, creed, color, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

On June 14th this bill was presented in the Senate but “laid on the table” as, according to Peterson (quoted in the Delaware State News):  “the bill was one vote short.”

Green Delaware asks you: How can any person of good not support adding this language to the Delaware Constitution?”

The present sponsors of HB190 are listed on the bill as: “Sen. Peterson & Sen. Blevins & Rep. Lynn & Rep. M. Smith.  Senators. Bushweller Ennis Hall-Long Henry Marshall McBride McDowell Poore Sokola Townsend.  Reps. Heffernan Keeley Kowalko Osienski K. Williams.  Rep. J. Johnson, Rep. Baumbach.”

Take a look.   Are YOUR senator and YOUR  representative a sponsor of this bill?  If not, they need to hear from you.

If you don’t know who your Senator and Representative are, go to Find my Legislator.

Home and office contact information from the League of Women Voters is here.

Amending the Constitution isn’t easy, and isn’t supposed to be.  It takes a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate, twice, with a general election between.

In honor of Karen Peterson’s decades of work on our behalf–and because we need these legal protections–lets get the process started while Karen is still a Senator.

Alan Muller

 

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