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Old 04-07-2011, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Toms River NJ
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Now that the bill has passed the Senate it is very important if you support this legislation to get in touch with your state representative, because the bill is set for a fast-track in the House. A hearing is scheduled next Wednesday, I understand. If it gets through committee in the House, a floor vote is anticipated as early as next Thursday. So there are only four working days to communicate with your state representative to urge them to vote in favor of this bill. Even if you already contacted your rep before the bill passed the Senate, you should contact them again now that the bill is in the House. I've already contacted my rep this morning.
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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Congratulations, Delaware... particularly a couple residents of Greenville
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Old 04-09-2011, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Thanks from us and on behalf of everyone else in the same boat in our State. We're only half way there and I'm not counting my chickens until they hatch. I do think we have a very good chance of succeeding, but expressions of support to one's Delaware state representative prior to next Wednesday will still be important.
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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The House of Representatives will vote on this Thursday, April 14th. If you have an opinion, one way or the other, be at Leg Hall no later than 12:30 p.m. It was quite crowded for the Senate vote, but if you get there early, parking and seating will not be a problem.

Starting Monday, April 11th, let your Representative know your thoughts. Here's a list.
www.legis.delaware.gov - Official web site of First State Legislature

Also, for your review, a Synopsis: http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis146...0?Opendocument
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:19 PM
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Location: Ocean View, DE
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I really hope this bill passes. There is absolutely no reason it shouldn't. Equal rights for ALL!!
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Yes, and I frankly think of it primarily in terms of equal protections. As my partner and I get older I get more concerned with issues surrounding medical care, hospitalization, ability to make care decisions for one another, powers of attorney, inheritance and so forth. We have a series of legal instruments meant to insure our mutual rights in regard to all these various issues, but we would feel far more secure if we have a general statutory protection of our relationship in terms of a civil union. Moreover, civil unions will obviate the need for other same-sex couples to spend money on legal fees for drawing up a lot of documents that heterosexual married couples don't need in order to protect their mutual rights in respect to one another.

If this legislation passes I will feel extraordinarily proud of Delaware.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Center City
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I was traveling last week but followed the news. I haven't seen anything that suggests if it's likely to pass the house (maybe the NewsJournal doesn't know?). Will be very interested in seeing what happens this week.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:05 AM
 
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I was traveling last week but followed the news. I haven't seen anything that suggests if it's likely to pass the house (maybe the NewsJournal doesn't know?). Will be very interested in seeing what happens this week.
I'm guessing it will pass, but will have a better handle on it after tomorrow's session and meeting with members of the House.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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It will easily get out of committee in the House, since the House majority leadership supports it and they sit on the Administrations Committee to which the bill was referred upon being sent to the House. I agree that it appears likely to pass, given the extent of support amongst House members. However, I don't want to be more than cautiously optimistic.
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