Governor Jack Markell expected to sign bill into law this afternoon; Delaware is the 11th state to embrace marriage equality
Wilmington – Marriage equality is set to become the law of the land in Delaware. Landmark legislation giving committed gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry has passed both chambers of the General Assembly and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Jack Markell today.
“This is an historic day in Delaware,” said Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman. “Delawareans of all backgrounds recognize that treating everyone fairly under the law is the right thing to do. Today our State Senate has joined our House of Representatives in voting to pass marriage equality. This law strengthens our families, strengthens our communities and makes Delaware an even better place to live and work. I couldn’t be prouder to be a Delawarean than I am right now.”
Delaware is set to become the 11th state which, along with the District of Columbia, allows marriage for same-sex couples. The law will take effect on July 1.
“Hundreds of Delawareans volunteered, canvassed neighborhoods, participated in phone banks, and reached out to their lawmakers to make this bill a reality,” said Goodman. The entire Democratic leadership of both the House and Senate supported the bill, which had the backing of five major labor unions, over 150 faith leaders, the DuPont Company , and 54% of Delawareans.
“Speaker Schwartzkopf, President Pro Tem Blevins, Senator Sokola and Representative Smith and the hundreds of tireless volunteers deserve our sincere thanks and gratitude today,” added Goodman. “This tremendous victory would not have been possible without all types of Delawareans standing up and speaking out for the equality of their LGBT friends, neighbors and loved ones.”
For more information, contact Lisa Goodman: firstname.lastname@example.org | 302-743-7777