Yesterday, Senate Republicans voted down the State’s ERA. And today we have the weak tea rationale that they want you to buy. What they don’t want you to understand is that Equal Rights is Equal Rights, period. You have them or you do not. There is no in between. Except to the Delaware GOP (except Ernie Lopez) who will tell you with a straight face that they support the intent of this bill, but they need to provide pre-emptive restrictions on those rights right out of the gate. Which means they are not for Equal Rights, no matter how much they want to dance around this.
Sen. Anthony Delcollo, R-Elsmere, repeatedly said he supported the intent of the bill, stating that “we as a society should roundly reject bigotry and discrimination.”
He then proposed a trio of amendments that he argued would help the courts understand the legislative intent of the ERA.
Immediately after those votes, Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson, R-Milford, accused Democrats of feeding into the concerns raised by constituents. Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover, said the majority party’s resistance to the “reasonable” amendments felt political.
I am fully supportive of changing our state constitution to protect equally the rights of women and men. And I came today prepared to vote in support of this legislation, once some concrete steps were taken to clarify what the bill does.
Vote them out, y’all. I’m pledging a match for every donation to Laura Sturgeon’s campaign to unseat Greg Lavelle and his tired foolishness. Make a donation and tell me how much you sent (email is OK). I am matching up to my donation limit, so let’s get it done.
Amazing image used by permission of Kay Bee Ell on FB.