In yet another victory today for marriage equality, the Delaware House passed its own bill on a 5 vote margin. The Washington Blade reports:
The 23-18 vote took place less than a week after the House Administrative Committee advanced House Bill 75 to the full chamber. State Rep. Melanie George Smith (D-Bear,) who formally introduced the measure on April 11, stressed before the vote the bill protects religious freedom. “The bill allows freedom for churches that want to perform same-sex marriage and churches that don’t,” she said.
The bill goes to the Senate next. Towleroad.com reports:
The bill now moves to Senate consideration. Equality Delaware asks residents to contact their legislators here. The Delaware Senate currently has a 13-8 split in favor of Democrats. Governor Jack Markell has promised to sign legislation if it hits his desk.
Which state will get there first, Rhode Island or Delaware? And what the heck’s taking so long in Illinois?