January 30, 2013 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Town halls in Wilmington, Rehoboth push marriage bill
Rehoboth Beach, gay news, Washington Blade

Rehoboth Beach, Del. (Washington Blade file photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

The statewide LGBT advocacy group Equality Delaware sponsored town hall meetings Wednesday and Thursday night in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach to help mobilize supporters for a campaign to persuade the Delaware legislature to pass a same-sex marriage bill this year, according to the group’s president, Lisa Goodman.

“The purpose is to talk to our allies and the community about marriage equality in 2013 for Delaware and to get people involved in the effort,” Goodman told the Blade

“We anticipate a bill in both houses in the 2013 legislative session,” which lasts from January to June 30, she said. “We have support across the board of the leadership of both houses and the governor.”

Goodman added, “We are confident that when we bring the bill to the floor we will have the votes needed. But there is a lot of work to be done.”

The Rehoboth Beach town hall was scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Camp Rehoboth meeting hall at 37 Baltimore Avenue.

Goodman said Equality Delaware is encouraging LGBT Delaware residents and their supporters to sign an online petition in support of the marriage equality bill on the group’s website, www.equalitydelaware.org.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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