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Del. Senate Committee Sends Same-Sex Marriage Bill to Full Senate

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DOVER, Del.- Delaware moved even closer to legalizing same-sex marriage Wednesday afternoon.

The Senate Executive Committee voted to send the proposal to the full senate. It already passed the House last month.

The Senate chamber was packed for comments on allowing same-sex marriage in the First State.

Pat Rafter came out to support her son, who is gay.

"I'm passionate that my son be able to marry the man he loves" she said. "My belief is rooted in a deep moral conviction that all love is a gift from God."

"I live in Milton, Del., with my longtime partner, Bill Kelly," said Ron Tipton. "I look around at the young gay people in this room today and know that at their age I never would have dreamt Bill and I could get married. I still can't believe it may really happen."

Before the hearing more than 50 members of Delaware's Christian clergy gathered in front of Legislative Hall to oppose same-sex marriage.

"Same-sex marriage is not only an affront to our church, it's an affront to our creator," said Bishop Doreina Miles, of First Pilgrim Baptist Church in Camden.

Some took issue with supporters of same-sex marriage calling it is a civil rights issue.

"I'm concerned that it's being framed within the historic framework of the civil rights movement of last century," Pastor Anthony Wallace, from Crossroads Christian Church in north Dover.

"They were) making sure people were not discriminated against simply because of their color," said Miles. "Which is a whole different issue than behavior. That just doesn't work for us."

The bill could be in front of the full Senate next week - perhaps as soon as Tuesday.

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