April 10, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Del. same-sex marriage bill to be introduced on Thursday

Melanie George Smith, Delaware, gay news, Washington Blade

State Rep. Melanie George Smith (D-Bear) sponsored Delaware’s civil unions bill in the state House of Representatives. (Photo courtesy of Delaware House Majority Caucus.)

Delaware state Rep. Melanie George Smith (D-Bear) and other elected officials on Thursday will introduce a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in the First State.

Smith, who sponsored the civil unions bill in the House, told the Washington Blade last month she and other same-sex marriage supporters wanted to make sure the bill had “no legal or technical flaws” before they introduced it.

“We want to make sure that everything is lined up that we’ve got a bill that’s legally and technically perfect that way there can be no question,” Smith said. “It’s such a controversial issue from some people’s perspective that we don’t want folks picking apart the bill on technical matters or anything along those lines.”

Governor Jack Markell told roughly 200 same-sex marriage supporters who attended a rally at the University of Delaware on Monday he would sign the bill if it reaches his desk. Attorney General Beau Biden; U.S. Sens. Chris Coons and Tom Carper; Congressman John Carney and John Fluharty, the gay executive director of the Delaware Republican Party, are among those who support nuptials for gays and lesbians.

Markell, Biden, Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins (D-Elsmere) and House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth Beach) are among those who will join Smith and other same-sex marriage advocates at a Wilmington press conference on Thursday afternoon where they will formally announce the bill’s introduction.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

2 Comments
  • Your comment is total BS. It's not a bad thing to call a bigot a bigot.

  • One state at a time. It's coming. One thing: I see the Biden family very involved in the Delaware fight, which makes sense–but where is the Vice-President here? Wouldn't he have a lot of influence he could bring to bear on the state government?

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