Delaware Senate Executive Committee advances marriage bill to Senate floor

Today, the Senate Executive Committee in Delaware voted to advance HB75, the bill that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples across the state. By a vote of 4-2, the committee voted to send the bill to the full Senate floor. 

The freedom to marry is now just one step away from passing in Delaware. It awaits a vote by the full Senate and, if approved, will be sent to the desk of DE Gov. Jack Markell, a vocal supporter of the freedom to marry who has vowed to sign the bill into law.

Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman celebrated the news today. She said:

Time and again over the past few weeks, lawmakers have affirmed the views of Delawareans in recognizing that the time for marriage equality is upon us. We're hopeful that Delaware soon will join nine other states in treating all citizens fairly and equally under the law. It's the right thing to do.

Over the course of this campaign, we've seen powerful examples of Delawareans standing up and speaking out for equality. Those who testified today put a human face on the people whose lives will be positively impacted by the passage of this historic bill.

Last week, the House of Representatives in Delaware approved the marriage bill by a vote of 23-18.  

Freedom to Marry is proud to support Equality Delaware in the campaign to win marriage in Delaware in 2013. Delaware is one of the states in Freedom to Marry's Win More States Fund this year. You can support the work to win marriage in Delaware - and more states - by giving today.