Post submited by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications
The Delaware state Senate Executive Committee just passed a bill that gives loving, committed same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The bill, which the state House of Representatives approved last week, passed by a 4-2 vote.
The legislation now heads to the full Senator floor for a vote. Governor Jack Markell, a strong advocate for equality, has vowed to sign it into law as soon as it reaches his desk.
The committee vote came after lawmakers heard from an array of Delawareans speaking out for marriage equality. I was so proud to be in Dover today to hear my mom, a Delaware resident, testify before the committee in favor of my right to one day marry the person I love. My Mom has always been one of the strongest and most supportive people in my life, and there was nowhere else in the world I’d rather be than with her today.
In her testimony, she spoke as both a mother and a Catholic – expressing her hope that I would one day have the freedom to marry and build a family; while making it clear that her support for equality also was guided by her faith values – values that call us to treat everyone with love, dignity, and respect. Speaking out and sharing our personal stories isn’t always easy, but it’s ultimately what changes hearts and minds.
Senators also heard from other supporters of equality – including religious and community leaders, veterans, and parents of LGBT children.
HRC’s Karl Bach has been on the ground in Delaware for months, working with Equality Delaware as their Deputy Field Director to ensure lawmakers continue to hear from pro-equality supporters.
If you live in Delaware, it’s important to reach out to your Senator and let them know you support marriage equality.