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One News Now: Nicole Theis, president of Delaware Family Policy Council, says there is no protection in the bill for people of faith . . . And we’ll be there with our partners at the Alliance Defending Freedom ready to defend the religious liberties of the good people of Delaware who find themselves in situations where their rights are being violated,” states the DFPC leader.
WGMD 92.7: Testimony went on for just under 2 hours in the state House from witnesses on both sides of the marriage equality issue. There was testimony from Jordan Lawrence, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom and Mark Pupura, of Equality Delaware and Nicole Theis of the Delaware Family Policy Council.
Delaware Online: The minority’s featured witness was Jordan Lorence, an attorney with the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly the Alliance Defense Fund. Language in the bill to protect churches and clergy from being compelled to solemnify marriages they oppose is not adequate, he said. “It’s the business owners that deal with weddings. It’s licensed professionals having their licenses threatened because they believe the wrong things about marriage,” Lorence said, citing discrimination cases in other states where businesses have been sued for denying services to same-sex couples. “Those are the places where we are having religious liberty conflicts around the country,” he added.
Delaware Online: Norman Spector and George Everett, who live just south of Smyrna, said they wouldn’t have missed a Wednesday night gathering that kicked off a campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Delaware.
The Republic: A bill offering legal recognition to same-sex couples in Delaware has drawn scores of opponents to Legislative Hall to lobby lawmakers to vote against it.
Delaware Online (includes video): “Lawmakers by the baker’s dozen stood together with Gov. Jack Markell on the east steps of Legislative Hall on Tuesday afternoon, endorsing the first legislative effort to give same-sex couples the same legal protections and obligations now in place for married couples. Senate Bill 30 . . . ”