U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and the president of Equality Delaware, Lisa Goodman, briefed Democratic senators in the Capitol on Wednesday on Delaware's campaign to offer full marriage equality to its citizens. The briefing was part of a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting with national leaders from the LGBT community.
"Every Delawarean deserves access to the full rights and responsibilities of marriage, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity," Senator Coons said. "In Delaware, we're closer than ever to being able to make good on that promise thanks, in large part, to the work of Equality Delaware and its supporters around the state. I wanted my colleagues to hear about the important work Equality Delaware is doing and to know how close we are to winning full marriage equality. I'm grateful that Lisa made the trip to Washington today and look forward to continuing to work with Equality Delaware."
"I was honored to attend the meeting of the Committee to discuss the marriage equality campaign in Delaware," Lisa Goodman, president of Equality Delaware, said. "We are feeling great momentum in Delaware for marriage equality and are looking forward to a bill introduction. Equality Delaware's team and hundreds of volunteers across the state are working to make sure legislators understand that Delawareans support the freedom to marry."
Equality Delaware is the statewide organization working to ensure and promote dignity, safety, and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Delawareans. Equality Delaware -- along with local advocates and coalition partners -- successfully advocated for the passage of a civil union bill. It is currently campaigning for full marriage equality in Delaware.
Senator Coons is a strong supporter of civil rights and LGBT equality. He is a cosponsor of the legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as the Student Non-Discrimination Act, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Uniting American Families Act, Domestic Partnership Benefits & Obligations Act, Tax Parity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act.