Lawmakers have introduced legislation that will bring Delaware law in line with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
Senate Bill 5, introduced Thursday, will remove unconstitutional language in the Delaware code that has remained in statute since 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned state-level bans on abortion.
DOVER - Joined on the steps of Legislative Hall by LGBTQ advocates, parents, and fellow legislators, Sen. Harris McDowell, D-Wilmington North, announced the introduction of Senate Bill 65, legislation that would ban so-called “conversion therapy,” a dangerous and widely discredited set of treatments meant to coerce individuals into changing their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Conversion therapy is pseudoscience, full stop,” said Sen. McDowell. “The notion that differences in sexual orientation and gender identity are diseases that should be cured—or, for that matter, that they can be changed at all—is completely devoid of any basis in fact and causes immeasurable harm to kids who, more than anything, need love and support. Current law makes Delaware a tacit partner in these practices by enabling them under our professional licensing standards, and it’s long past time that we changed that.”
MIDDLETOWN - In a proactive effort to better represent constituencies all across the 10th Senatorial District, Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown, has convened a Multicultural Advisory Coalition that will meet monthly to discuss a wide range of issues facing Delawareans of various races, nationalities, and faith communities.
“I’ve long believed that we must proactively come to the table as members of different races and cultures to discuss the things we have in common, and the things that are unique to our experiences,” Hansen said. “That’s why convening this Coalition has been one of my top priorities since I was elected to the Senate in February.”