Writes Jeremy Hooper of the sign: "Which is kind of like saying Vegetarianism > Oxygen. The former is a choice for every American citizen; the latter we all share, regardless of or individual commitments."
The bill now moves to Senate consideration.
Equality Delaware asks residents to contact their legislators here.
Listen to the bill's sponsor, Rep. Melanie George Smith, speak today on the House floor, AFTER THE JUMP...
Debate on a marriage equality bill is currently underway in Delaware's House of Representatives.
Listen live HERE.
The legislation, HB75, was introduced two weeks ago by Delaware State Rep. Melanie George Smith (D-Bear). It was advanced last week by the Delaware House Administration Committee in a 4-1 vote. Governor Jack Markell has promised to sign a bill if it hits his desk.
Bear believes the bill has the votes to pass: "I’m confident that we have a majority of Delaware representatives — so over 21 out of the 41 — that will do the right thing and vote to support equality in Delaware."
Stay tuned for updates on Towleroad as this develops.
Yesterday I reported that Delaware's Governor Jack Markell was set to introduce a marriage equality bill, and he did, Reuters reports:
Markell, a Democrat, said in a telephone interview that while he was confident the bill would pass, given that his party controls both the upper and lower chambers of the legislature, "nothing is sure until it's done."
"What we know is same-sex couples want to get married for the same reason that other couples want to get married," Markell said in a telephone interview.
Markell announced the legislation at an afternoon press conference, where he was joined by state Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and Attorney General Beau Biden, Markell's office said.
Watch video of Markell introducing the bill and a few additional clips, AFTER THE JUMP...
As I mentioned last week, Delaware is set to make its big push for marriage equality, starting today.
Slate's Dave Weigel reports:
The current state house has a 26-15 Democratic majority; the current state senate is split 13-8 for the Democrats. Gov. Jack Markell has supported gay marriage for years. And I already mentioned Joe Biden.
Well, the gay marriage push starts today. This afternoon, most of the state's leadership -- governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state senate president, speaker of the house -- will gather in Wilmington to announce legislation that would legalize gay marriage. All they need to do is alter Delaware's statute on marriage, which prohibits unions between "people of the same gender."