In case you missed it…

16 Apr

Though it may be the second smallest state in the Union and home to less than a million people, Delaware took a giant step towards equality this week when the House of Representatives voted 26-15 to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples. Having passed the state Senate last week and with the Governor’s pledge to sign the historic bill into law, Delaware is set to become the eighth state to grant civil unions.

Lisa Goodman, the president of Equality Delaware who worked closely with the Human Rights Campaign to support its passage, praised the vote. “There are a lot of happy people here,” she said. “We made Delaware a fairer and better place for same-sex couples and all families today.”

Louis Marinelli released a statement following the vote, declaring “equal protection under the law is basic to the fundamental dignity of all citizens.”

If that name doesn’t ring a bell, consider this.

For years Marinelli championed his anti-gay marriage views and worked closely with the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), spreading intolerance and working to defeat proponents of gay marriage. Last year, he took his message on the road as part of a Summer for Marriage Tour.

Earlier this week, Marinelli made headlines when he publicly reversed course and endorsed marriage equality.

“Whether it is an issue of disbelief, shame or embarrassment, the one thing that is for sure is that I have come to this point after several months of an internal conflict with myself. That conflict gradually tore away at me until recently when I was able to for the first time simply admit to myself that I do in fact support civil marriage equality.”

In calling for marriage rights for gay couples, Marinelli says the Constitution “calls for nothing less.”

Marinelli’s defection didn’t go unnoticed. Following his change of heart and mind, the National Organization for Marriage’s Facebook group lost 290,000 supporters.

It’s never too late to start over.

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3 Responses to “In case you missed it…”

  1. EJ April 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    A small state’s passing is just as good as a large state! This is a great step in the continual trek of finally reaching complete equal gay rights.

  2. zuleikalim April 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    I’m glad that civil unions are getting the attention that they deserve. The media has been covering them much more frequently as the number of states passing the law to allow them goes up.

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  1. Delaware Set to Become 8th State to Grant Civil Unions « Release Dorothy! - April 17, 2011

    […] Though it may be the second smallest state in the Union and home to less than a million people, Delaware took a giant step towards equality this week when the House of Representatives voted 26-15 to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples. Having passed the state Senate last week and with the Governor’s pledge to sign the historic bill into law, Delaware is set to become the eighth state to grant civil unions. Read the Story. […]

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