DOVER, Del. — The Delaware state Senate on Tuesday will consider a marriage equality bill in a bid to make Delaware the the eleventh state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The scheduled vote in the state’s Democrat-controlled Senate follows the General Assembly’s passage of the bill late last month.
Governor Jack Markell has vowed to sign the bill into law if approved by the Senate.
Under the bill, no newcivil unions would be performed in Delaware after July 1, and existing civil unions would be converted to marriages over the next year.
Supporters say the bill protects religious freedoms and the freedom of speech of those opposed to same-sex marriage.
Deleware’s Senate voted 12-9 to approve the bill which will now be sent to Gov. Markell’s desk. Markell has shown support for the measure, and it is expected to get signed. This will make DE the 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage.