We’re Now Inches Away From Marriage Equality in Delaware

349px-Seal_of_Delaware.svgGet your tuxedos and gowns cleaned and pressed, Delawareans: a bipartisan House committee just passed a marriage bill, sending it to a full House vote as early as next week.

House Minority Whip Deboarah Hudson, a Republican, expressed opposition to the bill, but voted in favor so that it could have a full debate.

The state has had civil unions since last year, but of course that’s not the same as marriage. When (not if) the Defense of Marriage Act goes away, the federal government will finally be able to recognize married gay and lesbian couples. Whether it will recognize civil unions remains unknown.

Neighbors Maryland and Washington D.C. already offer marriage. And over to the east, New Jersey may not be far behind, whether by legislation, ballot measure, or lawsuit. At this rate, soon you’ll be able to bike from Bangor to the nation’s capital and stay married the entire time.

So what’s next? A House vote, possibly as soon as Tuesday. Connect with Equality Delaware on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date.

Governor Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it reaches his desk. By this time next week, it could very well be on its way.

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  • deltabadhand

    This is good news for Pennsylvania residents, because after DE and NJ go, we’ll be pretty much surrounded by Marriage Equality states. Our state lawmakers may respond to that in the form of corporations and our PA Universities putting presssure on them to keep the state competitive and attractive in terms of attracting potential employee talent. One can only hope. So like I said, good, but unfortunately not great news for Pennsylvania.

  • tdx3fan

    @deltabadhand: Surrounded? Did you forget that PA has three sides and one of the longest northern and southern barriers on the map? Last time I checked, the the western border was Ohio and West Virginia, and its currently unlikely that either of those states will see equality in our life times.

  • CAxlRose

    @deltabadhand: PA Resident here. Our three largest cities are among the most liberal on the East Coast (Philly, Pitt, A-Town), but the rest of the state is blood-red.

    Remember, this is the State that sent Rick Santorum to the United States Senate.

    I’m hopeful and optimistic but not holding my breath. Pennsylvania may eventually embrace marriage equality, but I don’t think that’s very likely anytime soon. :(

  • Cam

    Keep an eye on Rhode Island too. I think that’s next.

  • MuscleModelBlog.com

    Hopefully it passes! The pro-equality movement is winning, and will win, even if it has to go state-by-state.

  • Merv

    I wasn’t aware Salvador Dali worked as a cartographer.

  • Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui

    Same-sex marriage disregards the natural order of procreatory responsibility, not only confusing the natural disposition of parental authority; but undermining the legal principle that children have a right to a relationship with their biological parents, depriving a child access to their biological parent’s genetic, cultural and social heritage, not for extraordinary circumstances, but as a matter of routine. Same-sex marriage amounts to institutionalized adultery through a hostile takeover of civil society by the State. Children will no longer be entitled to their biological parents, as the transitory wants of same-sex adults will have taken precedence over a child’s best interest.

    Children are not pets one purchases from rescue shelters(adoption clinics) and puppy mills(insemination and surrogacy). Children are human beings endowed with a natural desire to be procreated from an engendered act of love between a husband and a wife. Same-sex marriage is adulterous by nature and thereby destructive to not only children, but to our civilization.

    Here are two truths regarding marriage: (1) A man creating a family with another man is not equal to creating a family with a woman, and (2) denying children parents of both genders at home is an objective evil. Kids need and yearn for both.

    Same-sex marriage proponents demand “Marriage Equality”, yet, in return, they offer less-than-equal protection of the child’s happiness than can be afforded through the presence of both biological parents.

    Same-sex proponents profess that it is love which gives the right to join the institution of marriage, yet, in doing so, they selfishly violate the principle loving objective of this noble institution; to protect a child’s Natural Right to be raised by both biological parents.

    Same-sex marriage is not justice in the eyes of a child. Same-sex marriage is an abuse of power, a tyrannical subversion of the fundamental principles of marriage and the duties which it enjoins; contrary to the nature and state of man, same-sex marriage is merely the unwarranted whims of an ignorant and selfish generation whose conduct is nothing less that an embarrassment to the dignity of mankind.

    In fine, same-sex marriage is an unnatural extravagance which the supporters most ignorantly claim to be a “right”.

    “No one has a right to do that which, if everybody did it, would destroy society.” —Immanuel Kant

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