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Delaware Legislature Affirms Gay Residents

Timothy Kincaid

March 27th, 2009

WBOC is reporting on two bills that would impact gay residents:

The first measure, Senate Bill 27, would have reinforced Delaware’s ban on gay marriage. That proposed constitutional amendment failed in the Senate Thursday.

The House though did pass a measure to make it illegal to discriminate against gay people when it comes to everything from employment to buying homes. The bill now goes over to the Senate for consideration. Gov. Jack Markell said Thursday he supports the bill.

At the last minute, the bill was “clarified” to allow for Civil Unions (replaced with SS 1). But that did not gain it enough support.

BWOC’s Jeremy Tucker can barely contain his disappointment.

Senate bill 27 failed despite the efforts of hundreds of protestors who gathered at Legislative Hall to support the measure. Supporters argued they wanted to make sure marriage remained between a man and a woman.

No word on whether Senate Bill 27 will be re-introduced.

Sorry newsguy, but constitutional amendments require a 2/3 vote of both houses. The Senate rejected this bill by 11 to 9 (with one not voting). If it can’t get a simple majority, then it’s dead.

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L. Junius Brutus
March 27th, 2009 | LINK

I loved the picture of the anti- gay demonstrators: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090327/NEWS02/903270371

Eddie89
March 27th, 2009 | LINK

Damn!

All they need are pitch forks and lit torches and they would fit right into 1692!

Society has quite a long ways to go.

Past most of our lifetimes, I’m afraid.

But, at least the work that all of us gay activists and allies are doing will be for the benefit of future LGBT generations.

History is being made as you read this.

How petty and foolish these anti-equality protesters will seem to future generations.

I’m sure many of them will feel shame for having some great, great relative that was anti-equality.

Kind of like some families today are distant relative of former slave owners.

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