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Lawmakers Respond To Approval Of Same Sex Marriage In Delaware

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On Tuesday Delaware lawmakers voted to make The First State the 11th state to allow same-sex marriage. The following lawmakers had this to say on the matter:

"This is a historic day for Delaware."Because of today's vote, all Delawareans will be equal under the law and free to choose whom to love and whom to spend their lives with. I would like to congratulate the supporters of the marriage equality legislation who worked extremely hard to get this bill passed, and to Senator David Sokola, Rep. Melanie George Smith, President Pro Tem Patricia Blevins, Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, as well as all of the legislators who voted for HB 75, and to the Governor for signing it into law." - Attorney General Beau Biden

 

"I have never seen an issue of such far-reaching magnitude as this bill. The decisions we are making today not only affect the issue at hand - same-sex marriage - but will have long-lasting effects upon the very structure of the social and moral fabric of our state and country for years to come. This is a bill I just could not support in any fashion whatsoever." - Senate Republican Leader Gary Simpson

 

"The vote today will have significant cultural, social and historic implications which I don't believe we will know fully for a few years to come. I believe that there will be unintended consequences and that people will look back and say, ‘Well, I didn't know that was going to happen.'" - Senate Republican Whip Greg Lavelle

 

"Today, we wrote a new chapter in our history and proved, once again, justice and equality continue to move forward in Delaware. In my State of the State earlier this year, I spoke about a Delaware that protects the rights of all of its citizens, no matter whom they love. By signing House Bill 75 into law, we are another step closer towards achieving that goal." - Governor Jack Markell

 

"Today the state Senate did the right thing. Twenty years from now, our kids will wonder why it was ever an issue." - Lt. Governor Denn

 


 

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