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Marriage Equality Bill to Be Introduced This Week in Delaware; Governor Says He Will Sign: VIDEO

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell will sign a marriage equality bill if one comes across his desk, he told students at the University of Delaware yesterday.

And a bill is beginning its journey this week, according to the News Journal:

“It can happen here in Delaware and it can happen this year,” Markell told the audience tonight. “But it will only happen if you do your part to make it happen.”

The gathering at the University Of Delaware Trabant center this afternoon was a rallying call to get students and others energized about the push to make Delaware the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Delaware is expected to be pre-filed in the Delaware House of Representatives on Thursday, before lawmakers return to Dover next week. Rep. Melanie George Smith, a Bear Democrat, is expected to sponsor the bill, shepherding the marriage proposal through the General Assembly. Smith sponsored a 2011 bill allowing same-sex civil unions in Delaware.

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  1. What is a "Bear Democrat"? I've never heard that term...

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 9, 2013 1:51:45 PM


  2. That would be a Democrat from Bear, Delaware.

    Posted by: JoeDE | Apr 9, 2013 2:55:54 PM


  3. “It can happen here in Delaware and it can happen this year,” Markell told the audience tonight. “But it will only happen if you do your part to make it happen.”

    Kudos to Governor Markell for this simple yet profound statement to make everyone aware that it's their participation that is required for civil rights equality.

    Posted by: JONES | Apr 9, 2013 3:15:29 PM


  4. Assuming this passes this year, what is the status of marriage equality in New Jersey, where there is court case pending as well as an attempt to overturn the Governor's veto and a movement to put it on the ballot? Assuming over the next year or two marriage equality comes to both DE and NJ, that will likely put a lot of pressure on legislators in Pennsylvania who will be almost surrounded by marriage equality jurisdictions (except for the bits of the commonwealth that border WV and OH).

    Posted by: Jere | Apr 9, 2013 4:05:22 PM


  5. New Jersey is likely to go down the amendment route from everything I've seen. They're trying to find the votes to override a Christie veto but I'm not sure they have them.

    We're struggling in Illinois and Rhode Island so let's hope Delaware goes better. I think it will, the demographics appear to be more on our side than in the other states.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 9, 2013 5:58:30 PM


  6. New Jersey is likely to go down the amendment route from everything I've seen. They're trying to find the votes to override a Christie veto but I'm not sure they have them.

    We're struggling in Illinois and Rhode Island so let's hope Delaware goes better. I think it will, the demographics appear to be more on our side than in the other states.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 9, 2013 5:58:31 PM


  7. I WAS THERE!! it was sweltering but so much energy! A lot of Delawareans are apathetic they won't completely support yet won't step in our way. Some republican legislators are so long settled in their chairs they are afraid or determined not to vote yes to this...

    It will pass i'm sure- but like Gov. said everyone needs to get involved!

    Posted by: Patrick | Apr 10, 2013 1:29:26 AM


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