More Progress for Equality in Delaware: House Approves Marriage Legislation
April 23, 2013 by Karl Bach, Senior Regional Field Organizer
We’re one step closer to marriage equality here in Delaware: the state House of Representatives just passed HB 75, the bill giving loving gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry, by a 23-18 vote.
Rep. Melanie George Smith has been a true ally in leading the fight to get this legislation passed. Next, the Senate will vote on the legislation, and then it heads to the Governor’s desk for signature. Governor Jack Markell is a stong advocate for equality, and he’s vowed to sign the bill into law.
We’ve been on the ground in Delaware working around the clock to make sure lawmakers hear from their constituents and know just how strong the support for marriage equality is. We’ll make sure we keep working until all loving and committed same-sex couples in Delaware have the freedom to marry.
A strong majority of Delaware voters – 54 percent – support marriage equality. Prominent religious, civil rights, corporate, and labor leaders in the state also support the legislation.
If you live in Delaware, it’s not too late to reach out to your lawmaker and encourage them to support marriage equality.
To learn how you can get more involved in the campaign to win marriage for gay and lesbian couples in Delaware, email Karl at Karl.Bach@hrc.org.