Last month, we told you about a push by the Delaware Department of Education to allow school children to self-identify their sex – as well as their race – without their parents’ input. With backing from the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the leading LGBT lobbying group, it looked like this policy would sail through.
But then the radical policy ran into a wall of opposition orchestrated by Nicole Theis, who heads Family Policy Alliance’s allied organization, Delaware Family Policy Council. She reached out to parents and other concerned citizens to inform and rally them to action – and even made an appearance on Fox & Friends. As a result, in the last week Nicole and her team delivered 8,000 comments and petitions to the Governor and the Department of Education.
In response to the overwhelming opposition, the state announced that it is pulling the proposed regulation and sending it back for “substantive changes.”
The proposed rule (Regulation 225) would have, among other things, forced schools to let teenage boys use girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms. “Regulation 225 is an example of the direct conflict between transgender ideology and parental authority,” said Theis.
While the battle certainly isn’t over in Delaware, Theis is very encouraged with the way parents responded. “We’ve never seen so many people engage on an issue in such a unified way as we did with this regulation. We gave people tools to make it easy to take action, and citizen activists went to work all over the state, as much as they could in such limited time. We’re thanking God for the media opportunities to inform people and sound the alarm to wake up parents.”
If you live outside of Delaware, stay alert for related efforts by your state’s department of education. Similar regulatory attempts have already been undertaken in Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. We know the Left is targeting other states as well. Check out our piece Your State’s Education Department – Do You Know What’s Going On? to learn more. Families in Delaware proved that when they work together to call on elected leaders to stand for godly, family-centered values, they can make a huge impact in a state!
Finally, your support of Family Policy Alliance alerts and mobilizes people all over America, including in Delaware through our assistance to Nicole Theis and her team. Thank you for making a difference!
The Delaware Family Policy Council, along with Family Policy Alliance and other allies, successfully ended an attempt to enshrine special rights for gender identity in the state Constitution.
Executive Director Nicole Theis says the key to success was working together.