A Delaware Senate committee on Wednesday will hold a hearing on a bill that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in the First State. The Senate Executive Committee will hear testimony on House Bill 75 a week after the state House of Representatives approved it by a 23-18 vote margin. Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins (D-Elsmere,) who chairs the committee, is among the measure’s 23 co-sponsors. She joined Gov. Jack Markell, Attorney General Beau Biden and other same-sex marriage supporters at the Wilmington press conference at which state Rep. Melanie George Smith (D-Bear) announced HB 75’s formal introduction on April 11.
What happens then? Think Progress reports:
The six-person executive committee includes supporters Blevins, Henry, McBride, and McDowell. This means the bill will pass 4-2, regardless of the votes of Republican Minority Leader F. Gary Simpson and Minority Whip Gregory Lavelle. In the full Senate, the bill would require 11 votes (2 more than currently pledged) should all Senators be present. In the event of a tie, marriage equality supporter Matt Denn (D), the state’s Lt. Gov., could cast the deciding vote. Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill should it reach his desk.
Think Progress counts seven sure yes votes (all Democratic sponsors of the bill). Two other democratic votes and two republican votes are maybes, which would get us to 11.
Meanwhile, a Delaware church is making fun of the HRC red equality symbol. The Huffington Post reports:
A photo of a Delaware church’s symbolic sign meant to oppose same-sex marriage is making the blogosphere rounds. The snapshot of the Glasgow Church’s sign, which has since appeared on Good As You and Towleroad among a number of other media outlets, was taken by Twitter user @zafojones.
As always – two steps forward, one step back.