Delaware could become the 11th state in the US to legalize gay marriage when its State Senate votes on a marriage equality bill next week.
A committee on Wednesday (1 May) voted to send the bill on to the full Senate for a vote. Senate passage is likely since that legislative body is dominated by Democrats 13-8.
Governor Jack Markell stated last month that he will sign marriage equality into law if it passed both houses of the legislature.
He had stated: 'All Delawareans deserve the same dignity and respect when it comes to their most important, loving relationship. For that reason, I am proud to support marriage equality.'
Last week, the Delaware House of Representatives voted 23-18 to pass a marriage equality bill which set the stage for a Senate vote.
A March poll, commissioned by Equality Delaware, shows state voters support marriage rights for LGBT couples.
If the bill passes and is signed into law,. Delaware would follow on the heels of Rhode Island which is expected to finalize its marriage equality vote on Thursday (2 May).