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Delaware’s marriage equality bill gets first committee hearing today

Marriage equality

By Scottie Thomaston

UPDATED 4/17 at 4:40PM ET: The House Administration Committee has voted 4-1 to advance HB75, the marriage equality bill, to the House floor.

The first House committee hearing on Delaware’s recently introduced marriage equality bill is today. The bill goes to the House Administration Committee for a 2:30PM vote. Governor Markell supports the bill and will sign it once it reaches his desk. Delaware’s two US Senators, Chris Coons and Tom Carper support marriage equality, and Delaware’s sole House member also announced his support weeks ago.

When the bill becomes law, the state will stop issuing civil unions:

The measure comes a little more than a year after Delaware first began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

Under the proposal, no new civil unions would be performed after July 1, and couples in civil unions could convert their civil unions to marriages before July 2014 by applying for a marriage license to county clerks of the peace.

On July 1, 2014, all remaining civil unions not subject to proceedings for dissolution, annulment or legal separation would automatically convert to marriages.

Delaware would be the tenth state to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. Efforts to pass marriage equality bills or to place marriage equality on the ballot in order to repeal constitutional bans are pending in several states.

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