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Listen LIVE: Delaware Senate's Final Vote on Marriage Equality

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Delaware's Senate is set to convene at 2 pm and will be voting on HB75, the marriage equality bill. If it passes, Delaware will become the 11th state to give all its citizens the freedom to marry.

You can listen LIVE HERE (opens webcast in new window).

You can also follow @eqde on Twitter.

UPDATE: The bill is passed and will be signed into law today.

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  1. Can anyone confirm if/when the audio has started, and if it is working? Not getting it here :-(

    Posted by: Lars | May 7, 2013 2:10:18 PM


  2. Oops never mind. Just saw Andy's note :-p

    Posted by: Lars | May 7, 2013 2:11:18 PM


  3. One of the yes votes is not present. Not a good sign.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 7, 2013 2:14:27 PM


  4. Here's a direct link: http://webcast.senate.legis.delaware.gov:8080/Senate/Senate.mov

    Posted by: Neil | May 7, 2013 2:16:19 PM


  5. It was already at 11 with Marshall present. Marshall was seen as a shaky yes vote and he's not present. Now we're going to need one of the lean NO votes, Bethany Hall-Long, to vote yes or it's not going to pass in Delaware.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 7, 2013 2:29:39 PM


  6. It was already at 11 with Marshall present. Marshall was seen as a shaky yes vote and he's not present. Now we're going to need one of the lean NO votes, Bethany Hall-Long, to vote yes or it's not going to pass in Delaware.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 7, 2013 2:29:39 PM


  7. Not really. Instead of a 11-10 win, it would be a 10-10 tie with the LTG casting the tie breaker toward winning.

    Posted by: Jacob | May 7, 2013 2:34:56 PM


  8. I read that they needed 11 votes. 10 votes isn't going to get the job done. That's what Equality Delaware tweeted just before the Senate debates began.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 7, 2013 2:39:19 PM


  9. It's interesting that the "religious protection" clause needs to be added, as if religion has EVER been at risk. Religion is not an excuse for discrimination. In fact one law maker is talking about a "flower shop" now. The response is excellent.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | May 7, 2013 2:42:44 PM


  10. The way I read it was there are 21 possible votes, so yes, 11 would be needed to win, but the LT Governor has promised to cast his tie breaking vote in favor of marriage equality. Wouldn't a missing person with 10 "yes" votes mean a 10-10 tie?

    Posted by: Jacob | May 7, 2013 2:43:56 PM


  11. THE AGONY!!!!! I hope it passes!

    Posted by: guynyc | May 7, 2013 2:45:42 PM


  12. I honestly have no idea, Jacob. I'm simply relaying what Equality Delaware said and everything I've read, which is that 11 votes are necessary.

    Marshall has been found and Hall-Long has left now and apparently won't vote. So they *should* have 11 votes.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 7, 2013 2:54:05 PM


  13. In case of a tie,the Lt.Gov will be a tie breaker for yes.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 7, 2013 2:55:05 PM


  14. Man good luck Delaware. They are thus far doing a crappy job defending why this is important and why separate but equal was proven wrong. I hope they (the supporters) bring up some bigger guns soon because they are doing a horrible job defending this.

    Posted by: Opinionated | May 7, 2013 2:56:18 PM


  15. Who is speaking now?! He is awesome!! A transcript of his speech should be plastered over the Supreme Court as they debate marriage equality!!

    Posted by: jeff | May 7, 2013 3:02:24 PM


  16. Agreed Jeff, think they heard my whining and brought out this guy haha.

    Posted by: Opinionated | May 7, 2013 3:07:26 PM


  17. Man, every voice of opposition sounds like it's coming from a 100-year-old man.

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | May 7, 2013 3:09:51 PM


  18. "Love should not be the only criteria to justify this relationship." -- Delaware senate marriage opponent.

    These are the people who fight against us.

    Posted by: Mike8787 | May 7, 2013 3:15:45 PM


  19. If we can keep the momentum. This win could push Minnesota over the edge and both of them would "almost" assure Illinois later this month.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | May 7, 2013 3:17:53 PM


  20. Yowza, this Senator sounds ancient. And, predictably, the next speaker is turning the Senate into a church with his bible talk. Jeepers, I hope we beat these fuckers.

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | May 7, 2013 3:17:58 PM


  21. Oh great... now they've yielded the floor to some fundie whackjob from the ADF.

    Posted by: Michael | May 7, 2013 3:19:56 PM


  22. Do you all hear this nutcase? Now, if marriage equality is passed, then grandchildren can no longer inherit from their grandparents. I guess it's okay to bear false witness as long you are doing it for Jesus.

    Posted by: Michael | May 7, 2013 3:24:10 PM


  23. I'm so tired of the ignorance the comes out of these committee hearings. Especially when it comes to people who think the civil rights movement was only for people of color... don't forget gay people (and even gay black people) participated in the movement too.

    Posted by: Terry | May 7, 2013 3:26:22 PM


  24. the frustrating thing about these "debates" is that one side has truth, facts, logic, reason and empirical evidence, and the Other Side has nonsensical meaningless buzz-terms that can only exist if one chooses to willfully ignore truth, facts, logic, reason and empirical evidence.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 7, 2013 3:27:25 PM


  25. "People of good will with different opinions" don't pass laws to disenfranchise a minority group.

    Doing that makes them bigots. Get it. It's your actions that mark you as a bigot. And this isn't allowed under our constitution. I could care less about your 'religious' objections. Your religious objections are your shortcomings and you can klan together with others like yourself to your hearts content.

    This is about civil law.

    Every single objector to equality here does so from a religious platform.

    It's sickening.

    Posted by: JONES | May 7, 2013 3:30:32 PM


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