Same-sex marriage legislation unveiled in Wilm.

By Amy Cherry, Tom Lehman 12:00am, April 11, 2013 - Updated 3:11pm, April 11, 2013
Supporters gather on Freedom Plaza for the unveiling of the same-sex marriage proposal. (WDEL/Tom Lehman)
A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Delaware is unveiled in Wilmington.

Governor Markell, Attorney General Beau Biden, and lawmakers gathered on Freedom Plaza to take the wraps off the marriage equality legislation.

Lisa Goodman with Equality Delaware says it's a big first step in the process toward making Delaware the eleventh state to legalize same-sex marriage.

"It's a big step forward for Delaware. We've been working very hard to build grassroot support for this effort and we have tremendous support, a tremendous number of volunteers and we're very excited that the bill will be introduced and we'll begin the process of working this through Dover," Goodman says.

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The Delaware Family Policy Council didn't protest Thursday's same-sex marriage bill unveiling.

But representatives from the volunteer organization will be lobbying in full force at Legislative Hall in the coming weeks.

President Nicole Theis tells WDEL she doesn't think this will be an uphill battle for supporters of traditional marriage.

"What we're finding, overwhelmingly, is when people understand what's really happening and the implications of a bill this huge and this foundational on how we look at marriage for all of society, they're supportive of not redefining it because of its importance to children," says Theis.

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She says look for a strong presence from the Delaware Family Policy Council in the coming weeks.

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