Final Delaware Vote on Marriage Equality Tomorrow


The Delaware Senate will vote on marriage equality tomorrow. This is the final vote. If it passes, Delaware will be the 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Governor Markell has said he will sign the bill.

Equality Delaware reports: "Several Senators still haven't decided how they'll vote. They need to hear from their constituents who support the freedom to marry and want them to stand on the right side of history by voting YES on HB75."

Find out how to do that here.

The debate and vote are scheduled for 2 pm.


  1. Francis #1 says

    Well, here we go. There are 9 confirmed yes votes. It takes 11 yes votes for the marriage bill to pass. I think they’ll find the votes. I’d be disappointed if Delaware fails, that would be awful for Delaware same-sex couples and LGBTQ citizens and it would send a bad message if we can’t pass equality in a state like Delaware.

    I’m scared because indications are we may be relying on a Republican to vote for equality to see it pass in DE. That’s not the best situation to be in.

  2. MiddleoftheRoader says

    Francis, it was been up to the Republicans to bring the ‘final votes’ to favorable results in RI, NY and now DE. The Dems deserve the most credit, because it would never even come up without them. But we need to recognize that in many cases, the Dems can’t do it alone.

    In DE, it will win by 1 or 2 votes, or lose by 1 vote. Sen. Cathy Cloutier is the moderate Republican who can make it happen – her district in north Wilmington is primarily independent & Democratic, but also with a strong Republican (minority) presence. Her district actually favors marriage equality, so the question is whether she will buck her party and vote the way her district (and, reportedly, her conscience) are pointing. If you ask, “why not?”, well it’s because the fundamentalists and Tea Party people in her district have threatened to take her out in a Republican primary if she votes favorably – so she would never make it to the general election where the majority of her district would support her. Anyone who lives or works in her district should call her on Tues AM and ‘register’ their support — but with positive and kind words, not threats or anger.

    The other way it can happen in DE is if Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, a Dem, votes favorably. The problem is that her district, unlike Cloutier’s, is a conservative district; so although she’s a moderate Dem, she’s concerned about voting against her district because she may well not get re-elected. Also, her father is a Baptist preacher who is pressuring her to vote “no”. But in the end, she may (or may not) do the right thing.

    Anyone can Google the names “Cathy Cloutier” or “Bethany Hall-Long” and get their phone numbers. If you live in their districts, or anywhere in DE, it’s worth calling them on Tuesday morning. Although this seems like a dumb reason, it’s much easier for them to “justify” a “yes” vote if they can say that in addition to their own beliefs, the majority of their constituents also were favorable.