It was a day full of testimony ahead of the marriage equality vote in Delaware. Opponents of same-sex marriage even resorted to the completely discredited study done by Mark Regnerus, their constant fear mongering about slippery slopes and the rest of the stuff they normally spew, but Delaware’s Senate held their vote:
Yes 12 No 9
There was an attempt to table the bill, but that failed.
Delaware makes the eleventh state to pass same-sex marriage. They join Rhode Island, Maine, Maryland, Washington State, Washington DC, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, and Vermont as having same-sex marriage. A bill governing marriage equality are currently being worked on in Minnesota. A marriage equality bill is also stalled in Illinois.
Marriage equality currently has strong support, especially in those born after 1980, where nearly three in four “Millennials” support marriage equality.
Among the testimony that was heard in the Delaware Senate were some who supported the bill quite strongly. One, a lesbian woman, had been married to her wife by a pastor nearly two decades ago, and had entered into a civil union when that became legal in the state. The two had been together for nearly twenty-five years. On the opposition side, the testimony was made up of the usual run of hate mongering and fear mongering. The pastor who posted an electronic sign stating that Christ was greater than equality also testified, specifically about taking down the sign after someone politely complained.
Among the testimony was a statement made by Mildred Delores Loving of the famous case Loving v. Virginia. She offered a statement on the 40th anniversary of her case that said “I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry… I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.”