Whether one’s cause is the environment, open government, civil rights or something else, many Delawareans feel our state legislators, particularly our senators, are failing us miserably. What do they not understand about representative government?



As it happens, Delaware has no educational requirements whatsoever for its lawmakers – and it shows. A representative told me his religion aids him in voting against sexual orientation equality in the workplace. Another told me she supports amending our Delaware constitution to prohibit gay marriage because the Amish want it. A senator opposes workplace equality for gay people because he is revolted by our private lives. Another opposed labor fairness for gay people because he was sure we recruit children to our “lifestyle.”



Such ignorance would be laughable, except that this is how our elected leaders govern us in Delaware. Frankly we are disgraced as a state by those lawmakers who remain so cheerfully uninformed – as well as those lawmakers who are too timid to oppose them.



Whereas May 17 found Cuba hosting the International Day Against Homophobia presided over by President Raul Castro’s daughter, our legislators cannot even agree that employment fairness for all Delawareans befits a democracy.



Toward equality,

Douglas Marshall-Steele

Milton


Whether one’s cause is the environment, open government, civil rights or something else, many Delawareans feel our state legislators, particularly our senators, are failing us miserably. What do they not understand about representative government?

As it happens, Delaware has no educational requirements whatsoever for its lawmakers – and it shows. A representative told me his religion aids him in voting against sexual orientation equality in the workplace. Another told me she supports amending our Delaware constitution to prohibit gay marriage because the Amish want it. A senator opposes workplace equality for gay people because he is revolted by our private lives. Another opposed labor fairness for gay people because he was sure we recruit children to our “lifestyle.”

Such ignorance would be laughable, except that this is how our elected leaders govern us in Delaware. Frankly we are disgraced as a state by those lawmakers who remain so cheerfully uninformed – as well as those lawmakers who are too timid to oppose them.

Whereas May 17 found Cuba hosting the International Day Against Homophobia presided over by President Raul Castro’s daughter, our legislators cannot even agree that employment fairness for all Delawareans befits a democracy.

Toward equality,
Douglas Marshall-Steele
Milton