WILMINGTON – Yesterday, Delaware’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 31 (an equal rights amendment to Delaware’s constitution) and the Senate passed Senate Bill 32 (The CROWN Act), two initiatives supported by the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus.
Councilwoman Michelle Harlee from Wilmington’s Fourth District says, “there is nothing more important than updating Delaware’s constitution to show our residents we believe their rights should not be abridged. Our state and more importantly the City of Wilmington has a multitude of cultures and races. Now, more than ever, we should be doing everything in our power to ensure all residents are protected.”
She continued “for far too long, Delaware’s constitution has been reminiscent of a painful past. Now that this amendment has passed its second leg and Delaware will join 15 other states in explicitly banning discrimination based on race, color, and national origin.”
“I am thrilled that Delaware’s General Assembly recognized the significance of Senate Bill 32. Across the country we have seen individuals who had to choose between expressing their culture and being able to engage in a society that mandated uniformity” said Wilmington City Councilmember At-Large Rysheema Dixon. “I was proud that Wilmington City Council passed a resolution last year to send to Dover urging our General Assembly to take action on this important topic. I am proud to work alongside the General Assembly to ensure our citizens can express themselves and feel comfortable in Wilmington and the State of Delaware.”