The Delaware state House is expected to pass civil unions legislation today, sending the bill to Gov. Jack Markell (D) for his signature. The bill passed in the Senate last week and advanced further through the House Administration Committee yesterday. Meanwhile, opponents of the bill, led by Delaware Family Policy Council, are bombarding the state with messages about the supposed harmful effects of recognizing same-sex relationships on children and are even promoting harmful “ex-gay” rhetoric on their Facebook page.
So-called “ex-gay” reparative therapy has long been discredited by professional medical associations. As Equality Delaware’s Lisa Goodman said in a statement to ThinkProgress, “Equality Delaware believes in peer reviewed research. In 2007 a task force of the American Psychological Association reviewed the existing research on so-called ‘reparative therapy’ and found that the results of scientifically valid research refute the statements on [Delaware Family Council President] Nicole Theis’ website. The AMA, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association oppose use of ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapy.”
A recent poll found that more than six out of 10 Delaware voters — 62% — “favor allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions, which is twice the number who oppose such a law (31%).”
Civil unions passed the Delaware House this evening in a vote of 26-15. The bill now goes to the Governor, who has pledged to sign it.