Delaware Close To Becoming 11th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Just a week after Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage, Delaware is in the final stages of considering legislation that would do the same:

(Reuters) – Delaware lawmakers will take up a gay marriage bill on Tuesday in a bid to make the state the 11th to allow same-sex couples to wed.

The scheduled vote in the state’s Democrat-controlled Senate follows the General Assembly’s passage of the bill several weeks ago. Governor Jack Markell, an outspoken supporter of gay marriage, has vowed to sign the bill into law if it clears the Senate.

The vote follows a string of victories for advocates of same sex marriage. Last Friday, lawmakers in Rhode Island gave final approval to a marriage bill, which Gov. Lincoln Chafee quickly signed into law.

There are similar legislative efforts pending in Illinois and Hawaii, and this week Minnesota’s legislature will take up a legalization bill as well. Regardless of how the Supreme Court decides, we could well have 14 states where same-sex marriage is legal within a few short months.

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  1. Ben says:

    Good on them. The drive for equality marches on.

  2. stonetools says:

    Doug, have you thanked the Obama Administration and the Democrats for leading on gay rights and same sex marriage yet? This momentum isn’t just “happening”.

    Nothing doing, because Democrats can do no good and can’t be voted for? Alrighty, then.