Delaware supports marriage equality, says study

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Delaware is the latest state to support the legalization of same-sex marriage. Governor Jack Markell told the Huffington Post that it would soon be “inevitable” in the state, and a recent poll done by Equality Delaware showed that a majority of the population supports pro-LGBT legislation.

54 percent of the 600 voters included in the poll said they were for marriage equality as opposed to 37 percent against it. 75 percent of Republicans who participated in the poll said that legalization of same-sex marriage would not negatively affect them.

“This poll shows that Delawareans, like a majority of Americans, believe in marriage equality,” Equality Delaware’s Board President, Lisa Goodman said in a statement.

“A majority of Delawareans now look forward to Delaware also becoming a state where every loving couple has the unique protections and recognition that only marriage can provide.”
There are hopes that the bill to legalize same-sex marriage will be introduced later this year.

Three years ago, it was legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in Delaware.

The Civil Union and Equality Act was introduced and passed in the state in 2011 and took effect in January of 2012.

According to Equality Delaware, 557 couples have entered a civil union since the legislation passed.

Same-sex marriage is legal in 9 other states including Delaware’s neighbor, Maryland.

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