Today, we took our first step toward making history in the First State!
Legislation allowing loving, committed gay and lesbian couples to marry in Delaware passed out of the House Administration Committee on a 4-1 vote. After a long day of testimony by a diverse cross-section of Delawareans who support the bill, a bipartisan group of Representatives moved the bill forward to the House floor.
“Today’s committee vote represents another step forward on the path to marriage equality in Delaware. 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.” -Lisa Goodman, Equality Delaware President
The bill is now headed to the House floor for a vote next week. Following passage in the House, the bill will be heard in Senate committee and debated on the Senate floor. Governor Jack Markell has pledged to sign the bill into law.
Today’s vote proves that the campaign we’re building together -- it’s working. There’s no denying that when dedicated supporters like you tell your stories, and passionately stand up for what you know is right, together we make huge strides toward making our state a better place.