YES. MR MARKELL! A NEW DIRECTION INTO A PIT OF MORAL DEPRAVITY WITHOUT LOOKING BACK. CHRISTIANS AND CHURCHES BE DAMNED!
Delaware is small like Rhode Island. Smallness doesn't mean the two states are not on the front lines of implementing all forms of liberalism, which they are. Delaware, although below the Mason-Dixon line, identifies more with those magnetic liberal attracting states of the northeast which go out of their way to portray itself as welcoming, and offering incentives to, those who are looking for a haven for "victimized" Democratic voting socialist types who are in the minority elsewhere. Delaware has always been small, and on different levels, but now with Joe Biden, "native Delawarean" and self-appointed gun regulation/confiscation expert to his own state and the nation, and as vice president to Obama, Delaware is on the way to becoming a credible collectivist global player and nanny state. That is, if you will please turn a blind eye to all the ills that liberalism has birthed in this state, and instead blame Bush, Republicans and now Christians.
Delaware may be a quick rest stop along the Interstate 95 highway corridor for those travelling between the corrupt, morally bankrupt melting pot cities of the northeast like Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore, but if it were not for its 0% sales tax, low property taxes, and low corporation taxes, there would really be no compelling reason to live, work, or spend time there. It's similar to buying a junk bond; first you get a substantial discount from its face value, and then a very high dividend payout for assuming the high risk of living with an investment that is nearly worthless, and could default at any moment. The offsets may be high for a reason; the quality of life is at risk, but no one dares admit this. Delaware, in effect, gives you a discount and an incentive to keep your mouth shut. Just gleefully pay the tickets for driving through red light cameras so local government can have a way of circumventing the peoples' tax referendums which sometimes denies government and schools what they think is justly theirs out of your pocket.
Christians and other conservatives who still remain in Delaware have virtually no voice; not because they have no voice or been openly denied a voice, (except by the liberal press who won't print anti-liberal bias), but because they have resigned themselves to the idea that they are too small a minority to be heard or taken seriously, and/or are just intimidated and feel overwhelmed.
Occasionally, there appears on the scene politicians who make a feeble attempt to rally the Christian/conservative/Catholic vote, but always to no avail, because there is never enough "grass roots support" and/or money. Pastors and their congregations have for decades swallowed the idea that they are not permitted to be politically involved under a misguided interpretation of "separation of church and state". Add to that the willing ignorance and preference for comfort common to a vast majority of Christians, and you have the perfect scenario for a dictatorial, collectivist state to impose its will.
Given the progression of this trend in Delaware, it comes as no surprise that Governor Jack Markell signed the Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act (SB 97) on June 19, 2013, ensuring equal legal protections to transgender individuals in Delaware.
Act in full:
"This Act adds the term “gender identity” to the already-existing list of
prohibited practices of discrimination and hate crimes. As such, this Act
would forbid discrimination against a person on the basis of gender
identity in housing, employment, public works contracting, public
accommodations, and insurance, and it would provide for increased
punishment of a person who intentionally selects the victim of a crime
because of the victim’s gender identity."
Governor Markell proudly proclaimed:
“Our mission to build a welcoming and accepting state that can compete in the global economy requires laws that reflect our values,” said Markell. “Today, we guarantee that our transgender relatives and neighbors can work hard, participate in our communities, and live their lives with dignity and in safety.” “I especially want to thank my friend Sarah McBride, an intelligent and talented Delawarean who happens to be transgender. She courageously stood before the General Assembly to describe her personal struggles with gender identity and communicate her desire to return home after her college graduation without fear. Her tireless advocacy for passage of this legislation has made a real difference for all transgender people in Delaware.”
Sarah McBride has been an Aide to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.
Sarah McBride self-described transgender speaks out in this YouTube video:
Attorney General Beau Biden supports gender identity protections:
A few outspoken Dealawareans are opposed based on God's law:
WHO IS SARAH MCBRIDE? ACTUALLY, TIM MCBRIDE:
Tim McBride, American University student body president, comes out as transgendered (after 21 years)
Sarah (Tim) with proud parents: