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Delaware House Approves Gay Marriage Bill

Delaware House Approves Gay Marriage Bill

BY CARLOS SANTOSCOY, PUBLISHED: APRIL 23, 2013

The Delaware House on Tuesday approved a bill which seeks to make Delaware the 10th state to legalize gay marriage.

After a roughly two-hour debate, representatives approved the measure with a 23-18 vote.

Nicole Theis, president of the Delaware Family Policy Council, testified against passage of the bill, saying that such unions would hurt children.

The bill's champion in the House, Democratic Rep. Melanie George Smith, pointed out that the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have endorsed marriage equality as in the best interest of protecting the children of gay and lesbian couples.

The move comes less than a week after the House Administration Committee approved the measure. Lawmakers listened to 90 minutes of testimony before endorsing the measure with a 4-1 vote and sending it to the full House for further consideration.

If the measure is approved, the state would discontinue civil unions after July 1, and existing civil unions would be upgraded to full marriage.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

by Anonymousreply 1305/07/2013

Has there ever been a more tired statement:

"Nicole Theis, president of the Delaware Family Policy Council, testified against passage of the bill, saying that such unions would hurt children."

by Anonymousreply 104/23/2013

How many cosponsors in the DE Senate?

by Anonymousreply 204/23/2013

Thank you, Delaware.

Another enlightened state of the union.

by Anonymousreply 304/24/2013

WTF is going on with Illinois?

by Anonymousreply 404/24/2013

Any counting of votes in the state Senate yet?

by Anonymousreply 504/25/2013

Shout out to the First State!!!

by Anonymousreply 604/25/2013

God love ya, Delaware!

by Anonymousreply 704/26/2013

We need help in the Delaware Senate.

by Anonymousreply 804/29/2013

Delaware has just become the 11th state to pass marriage equality!

by Anonymousreply 905/07/2013

[bold] Delaware Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill [/bold]

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state Senate approved a bill that would make it the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage.

The final vote in the senate was 12-9.

The bill narrowly won passage in the House last month and was scheduled for a vote Tuesday in the Senate. Its fate in the divided 21-member chamber could be decided by a single lawmaker's vote.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the measure if it passes the legislature.

The debate over gay marriage has drawn passionate arguments from both opponents and supporters, who packed the balcony in the Senate chamber on Tuesday hours before the legislative session was set to start.

by Anonymousreply 1005/07/2013

One of the DE Senators came out as a lesbian during the debate.

by Anonymousreply 1105/07/2013

Did any Republicans, in either the state House or Senate, vote in the affirmative?

by Anonymousreply 1205/07/2013

[quote]Did any Republicans, in either the state House or Senate, vote in the affirmative?

I don't know about the Senate, but the House version had two Republican co-sponsors.

I don't think any did in the Senate, because the vote was 12-9, and there are 13 Democratic Senators.

by Anonymousreply 1305/07/2013
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