Jack Markell on Civil Rights

Delaware Democratic Governor


Delaware becomes 11th state to legalize gay marriage

HB75: This Act repeals the prohibition on same-gender marriage that was enacted in 1996.

Gubernatorial press release: Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry, making Delaware the 11th state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage. "Today, we wrote a new chapter in our history and proved justice and equality continue to move forward in Delaware," said Gov. Markell

Heritage Foundation in opposition: There's still a sizeable number of people in this country who believe that marriage is a union of one man and one woman. And those views deserve to be treated with respect. They come from honorable premises, especially those of faith. And what this bill is designed to do is to tar such people as being unfit to be in polite society and out of the public square.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 23-18-0 on Apr/23/13; passed Senate 12-9-0 on May/7/13; signed by Governor Jack Markell on May/7/13.

Source: Delaware State Legislature voting records HB75 , May 7, 2013

Supported same-sex marriage for Delaware

The Washington Blade has learned seven of the 12 Delaware state senators who had previously not stated their position on the state's same-sex marriage bill plan to vote against it next week. Aides for state Sen. Colin Bonini (R-Dover) [and six others] said the lawmakers will vote against House Bill 75 when the state Senate considers the measure on May 7. Eleven of Delaware's 21 senators need to vote for HB 75 in order for it to pass.

Equality Delaware's President reiterated to the Blade she remains optimistic HB 75 will pass. "I am confident we will have the votes to pass marriage equality in Delaware," she said.

Neighboring Maryland is among the nine states and D.C. that currently allow same-sex marriage. The Delaware Senate vote on HB 75 is scheduled to take place five days after Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed his state's same-sex marriage bill into law. Gov. Jack Markell has said he will sign HB 75 into law if lawmakers approve it.

Source: Washington Blade on 2016 Delaware Gubernatorial debate , May 3, 2013

Signs civil union rights into law

Delaware's LGBT community is inseparable from every Delaware community. Same-sex couples from across the state came to Dover and made it clear that their healthy, loving families make our state stronger. With the signing of the civil union law, we said to any Delawareans that regardless of sexual orientation, if you have committed yourself to someone, the law would honor your right to make those decisions together.
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Legislative Session" , Jul 1, 2011

Bans discrimination based on sexual orientation

Discrimination in any form is wrong, and I am proud to be signing a law that guarantees civil rights for all. Today's signing is a triumph for the hundreds of Delawareans who worked endlessly to increase equality.

The law adds sexual orientation to the state's anti-discrimination statute, which already bans discrimination based on traits such as gender, age, religion, nationality and handicap. Discrimination is prohibited in areas such as employment, housing, insurance and public accommodations.

Source: 2009 gubernatorial press release, "Equal Rights" , Jul 2, 2009

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