Delaware, USA: Full Senate Marriage Equality Vote Due Tuesday

Written by scott on May 3rd, 2013

DelawareAfter being approved by a Senate committee this week, Delaware’s marriage equality bill goes before the full Senate on Tuesday. Joe.My.God reports:

Delaware Liberal reports that the full state Senate will make the final vote on same-sex marriage on Tuesday. Last week one state Senator flipped into the “yes” column, but a win is still not in the bag. Delaware readers, please reach out to your state Senator this morning even if their “yes” vote has already been predicted.

The Washington Blade reports that seven Senators are in the definite “no” column:

The Washington Blade has learned seven of the 12 Delaware state senators who had previously not stated their position on the state’s same-sex marriage bill plan to vote against it next week. Aides for Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson (R-Milford,) Senate Minority Whip Gregory Lavelle (R-Sharpley) and state Sens. Colin Bonini (R-Dover,) Gerald Hocker (R-Ocean View,) David Lawson (R-Marydel,) Ernie Lopez (R-Lewes) and Brian Pettyjohn (R-Georgetown) said on Thursday the lawmakers will vote against House Bill 75 when the state Senate considers the measure on May 7.

There are also still five votes up in the air:

State Sen. Catherine Cloutier (R-Heatherbrooke) remains undecided. State Sens. Bruce Ennis (D-Smyrna,) Bethany Hall-Long (D-Middletown,) Robert Marshall (D-Wilmington) and Robert Venables (D-Laurel) did not return the Blade’s requests for comment. Hall-Long and Marshall voted for the civil unions bill that Gov. Jack Markell signed into law in 2011, while Ennis and Venables opposed it.

Here are the nine Senators who are on the record for the bell:

Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins (D-Elsmere) co-sponsored HB 75 alongside state Sens. Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington,) Harris McDowell (D-Wilmington,) Nicole Poore (D-New Castle,) David Sokola (D-Newark,) Bryan Townsend (D-Newark) and Karen Peterson (D-Stanton.) Senate Majority Leader David McBride (D-Hawk’s Nest) and state Sen. Brian Bushweller (D-Dover) have also publicly backed the bill.

So that’s 9 for, 7 against, and 5 undecided. If you live in Delaware, please pick up the phone and start calling. Let’s make Delaware state number 11.

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