Marriage equality continues to move forward at a dizzying pace. Here’s an update:
- Delaware: Today, the full Delaware Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry in that state. The measure, which is supported by 54% of Delawareans, has already passed the House of Representatives; pro-equality Democratic Governor Jack Markell has promised to sign it into law if it reaches his desk. Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade reports that nine of the state’s 21 senators have either co-sponsored or publicly supported the marriage equality bill. Seven senators — six Republicans and one Democrat — plan to oppose it. Eleven votes are needed to pass the measure, and if the vote is a tie, the tiebreaking vote goes to pro-equality Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn.
The vote today is expected to begin around 2:00pm. There will be no live video, but a live audio stream will be available here. You can also follow Equality Delaware and the #DE4M hashtag on Twitter, and share the Equality Delaware graphic I’ve included at the bottom of this post.
- Minnesota: This morning, Minnesotans United for All Families reported that a vote has been scheduled in the Minnesota House of Representatives on a freedom-to-marry bill for this Thursday, May 9. Click here to visit their website for more information, and share the Minnesotans United graphic I’ve included at the bottom of this post to raise awareness on Facebook and Twitter.House Speaker Paul Thissen has previously said that he wouldn’t schedule a vote unless he knew it had the 68 votes required for passage, so the upcoming vote is a hopeful signal that marriage equality supporters have secured the requisite majority.
Exciting times for marriage equality in Minnesota — stay tuned!
- And finally, Rhode Island: I know, I know, this is old news (it happened while Michael and I were moving to DC), but I didn’t have a chance to post on it earlier and I can’t resist a bit of rejoicing — the Rhode Island House gave final approval to a Senate-approved marriage equality bill last Thursday, May 2. Democratic Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law that same evening, officially making Rhode Island the 10th marriage equality state and New England — the region which gave birth to America — the USA’s first all-equality region. Way to go, Rhode Island!
Let’s hope Delaware becomes state #11 and Minnesota state #12.