Just a few days after lawmakers in Rhode Island approved their marriage bill, the state of Delaware has become the 11th state to allow same-sex marriage. As reported by Reuters on Tuesday, the Delaware Senate has approved a bill legalizing marriage equality rights to same-sex couples.
The Tuesday vote in the Senate followed the General Assembly’s passage of the bill a few weeks back. Governor Jack Markell promised to sign the bill into law if it passed the Senate. So it looks like the final hurdle has been passed by the state of Delaware.
Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman was confident of the state’s chances since Lieutenant Gov. Matt Denn also supports same-sex marriage and would’ve been the deciding vote if there was a tie.
Goodman told the Washington Blade: “I am confident we will have the votes to pass marriage equality in Delaware.”
And right she was as momentum was definitely on the side of marriage equality supporters in Delaware. Before Rhode Island approved their bill, neighboring state Maryland, along with Maine and Washington state approved ballot measures legalizing gay marriage in November.
Delaware is on course to join the states of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and Iowa as states where same-sex marriage is allowed and recognized.