The progress of marriage equality continues at a breakneck pace.
An equal marriage bill will be introduced in the Delaware House of Representatives this afternoon by Democratic Rep. Melanie George Smith, who also sponsored that state’s civil unions bill in 2011. According to the Washington Post, the marriage equality measure has the support of Democratic leaders in both chambers of the Delaware General Assembly. Democratic Governor Jack Markell has promised to sign the measure if it reaches his desk.
Venerable French newspaper Le Monde reports that the French Senate passed adoption equality last night. The vote comes just one day after that passed the same-sex marriage portion of a marriage and adoption equality bill that cleared France’s Assemblée nationale in February.
Next, the French Senate will vote once more on the bill in its entirety. If any changes are made, it goes back to the National Assembly for one final vote. The bill is expected to pass any remaining procedural hurdles, and President François Hollande will sign it into law.
The bill now goes to President José Mujica, who has promised to sign it into law. Uruguay will become the third country in the Americas and the twelfth country in the world to have nationwide marriage equality, alongside Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and neighboring Argentina.