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Parents were out in force during an Indian River Board of Education meeting on Monday to protest a proposed regulation to allow students to choose their own gender.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that many wore red to show their opposition to the proposal.

The state regulation would require schools to include language that allows students to sue bathrooms and locker rooms that corresponds to their chosen gender.

The new regulation would also allow a student to choose their own name and race.

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Governor John Carney has called on the Department of Education to draw up a state model anti-discrimination policy for the schools in Delaware.

WBOC reports that among other things the draft that is now available for public comment would allow students to join sports based on their gender identity.

The television station reports that it calls for school districts and charter schools to work with student and their families in providing access to locker rooms and bathrooms based on their gender identity.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court has dealt a blow to a bid to overturn protections for gay and transgender students at a northern Virginia school district.

Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, and a student filed a lawsuit after the Fairfax County School Board voted to add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to its non-discrimination policy. They argued that the policy is unlawful because such protections aren't included in state law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general says violations of federal sex-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation or gender identity also are violations of state law.

Democrat Mark Herring issued that opinion Tuesday in response to requests by three state lawmakers. It comes as governing bodies and courts grapple with a flurry of high-profile cases involving the rights of transgender people.

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A federal government lawsuit involving three of Red Lobster’s female employees in Salisbury has been settled.

The sexual harassment case has resulted in Red Lobster paying out $160-thousand and providing a program for its employees on anti-discrimination laws.

In addition, the settlement must be posted.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 2013 legal action involved allegations that the culinary manager oversaw a sexually hostile and offensive work environment stretching back eight years ago.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland legislators have launched a petition drive to have the state's new law barring discrimination against people who are transgendered brought to a referendum.

Republican Delegates Neil Parrott and Kathy Szeliga announced the drive on at a news conference Tuesday. Parrott is chairman of

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to prevent discrimination against people who are transgender has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

The House of Delegates passed the measure 82-57 on Thursday. That sends a bill already passed by the Senate to Gov. Martin O'Malley. Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman, says he will sign the measure.

The bill aims to stop discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.

Passage came after long debate.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate is set to vote on a bill to protect transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and other areas.

The bill's third reading is scheduled for Friday morning's Senate session.

Sen. Richard Madaleno, a Montgomery County Democrat, filed the bill. Twenty-four other Senators are also sponsoring it.

A parallel bill filed in the House by Del. Luke Clippinger is awaiting a committee hearing on March 5.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill aimed at protecting transgender people in Delaware by outlawing discrimination based on gender identity has cleared a House committee.

The committee released the bill following a public hearing on Wednesday. It is scheduled for a House vote Tuesday.

The legislation, approved by the Senate last week, adds gender identity to the existing list of protected nondiscrimination categories, including race, age, religion and sexual orientation.