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Momentum for Marriage: Legislation Passes House Committee

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Marriage bill now heads to House for full vote

Wilmington – Today legislation allowing loving, committed gay and lesbian couples to marry in Delaware passed out of the House Administration Committee on a 4-1 vote. The bipartisan committee vote came after a long day of testimony by a diverse cross-section of Delawareans who support the bill.

“Today’s committee vote represents another step forward on the path to marriage equality in Delaware,” said Lisa Goodman, Equality Delaware president. “The momentum for this bill is tremendous, and we applaud Rep. Melanie George Smith for her stewardship of the bill. Legislators in Dover are echoing the message we’re hearing from Delawareans all over the state: it’s time all of our citizens have the freedom to marry the person they love.”

The bill proceeds to the House floor for a vote next week, followed by hearings and a floor vote in the Senate. Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) has said he will sign the bill into law.

A strong majority of Delaware voters – 54 percent – support marriage equality for loving, committed gay and lesbian couples. The marriage equality legislation also enjoys support from prominent religious, civil rights, corporate, and labor leaders.

For more information, please contact: Lisa Goodman at 302.743.7777 or lgoodman@ycst.com

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