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Marriage Equality Legislation to be Introduced in Delaware

The following comes from HRC communications intern Andrew Butash:

It was reported today that Delaware State Representative Melanie George Smith will soon introduce marriage equality legislation, promising to do so before the current legislative session is over. Smith was the sponsor of the civil unions bill in Delaware two years ago, which became law in May of 2011. The new marriage equality bill would extend full marriage rights to same-sex couples in Delaware.

HRC has been proud to partner with Equality Delaware in the fight for marriage in the First State.  We’ve provided senior staff full time to the ongoing field work, and contributed financially to support communications and media efforts. We’ve also been working to mobilize the thousands of HRC members and supporters in the state to volunteer and contact their representatives in support of the bill.

Currently nine states and the District of Columbia have marriage equality. Next week the Supreme Court will hear arguments on two cases pertaining to marriage.  Hollingsworth v. Perry is about the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and United States v. Windsor argues that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

Delawareans can get involved in the campaign to win marriage equality by signing up to volunteer online or by contacting HRC senior regional field organizer Karl Bach at karl.bach@hrc.org.

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