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Delaware Senate panel to consider same-sex marriage bill

DOVER, Del. — A state Senate committee on Wednesday will consider a bill authorizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The measure narrowly won passage in the House last week.

Supporters and opponents expect another close vote if the Senate Executive Committee votes later today to send it to the full Senate for consideration.

Gov. Jack Markell supports the measure, which was introduced barely a year after the state began recognizing same-sex civil unions. It would make Delaware the next state to authorize same-sex marriage.

Under the proposal, no new civil unions would be performed after July 1, and existing civil unions would be converted to marriages.

Supporters say couples in same-sex relationships deserve the same dignity and respect afforded to married couples.

Opponents argue that same-sex marriage redefines and destroys that institution.

The hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. EDT.

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