April 23, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Del., R.I. lawmakers to vote on marriage bills
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Delaware state Rep. Melanie George Smith (D-Bear) (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Lawmakers in Delaware and Rhode Island on Tuesday will vote on bills that would allow gays and lesbians to marry in their respective states.

The Delaware House of Representatives will vote on a same-sex marriage bill the House Administrative Committee advanced by a 4-1 vote margin on April 11. The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on an identical measure the state’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved in January.

“I’m confident that we have a majority of Delaware representatives – so over 21 out of the 41 – that will do the right thing and vote to support equality in Delaware,” Delaware state Rep. Melanie George Smith (D-Bear) said after the House Administrative Committee advanced HB 75.

Maryland and eight other states and D.C. currently allow same-sex marriage.

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

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