Delaware Senate passes historic equal rights amendment

DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Senate passed a historic equal rights amendment to the state’s constitution on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 191 was passed unanimously during the virtual session. It will amend article one of the Delaware constitution relating to equal rights and would explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin. This is the first bill in the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus’s Justice For All Agenda.

SB 191’s prime sponsor, Senator Darius Brown, says this is an important step in guaranteeing all residents basic rights. “With the passage of the equal rights amendment to Justice For All Agenda, it would not only address discrimination but help us prioritize policies impacting communities of color,” says Sen. Darius Brown, a Democrat representing Delaware’s 2nd District.

Delaware and more than 30 other states do not have sections in their own constitutions that prevent the denial of equal rights under law on the basis of race, color or national origin.

Senate Bill 191 now heads to the House where it will need two-thirds vote before becoming law. The House of Representatives will reconvene virtually on Thursday.

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