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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, APRIL 19- MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013 17 rrl ill Committee votes 3-1 to release HB 75 By gara Nuzback House Majority Leader Valerie knuzback@capegazette.com Longhurst, D-Bear- are sponsors of the measure. A bill that grants marriage The bill's head sponsor, Rep. equality to same-sex couples is Melanie George Smith, D-Bear/ scheduled for a vote by Dela- Newark, said it would grant equal ware's House of Representatives, rights and dignity to all couples where Democrats hold the ma- and allow religious leaders the jority, freedom to choose whether to House Bill 75 was releasedperform same-sex ceremonies. from the House Administration Equality Delaware board mem- Committee in a vote of 3q April ber Mark Purpura, who helped 17. Rep. Danny Short, R-Seaford, craft the legislation, said if the voted against releasing the bill to U.S. Supreme Court overturns the House floor, the federal Defense of Marriage Two members of the commit-Act, there would be no federal tee who voted to release the bill protections or rights for couples -House Speaker Pete Schwartz- who have entered into a civil kopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, and union. According to HB 75, all civil members get no benefits and are NAACP, said the association unions in Delaware would be- not even notified if their partner would fight for marriage equal- come legal marriages within a is killed in the line of duty. "Let ity. "HB 75 is a civil right." Smith year of the bill's passage. Same- us treat our military gay mem- said. "We support people being sex couples that have been bars equally," Price said. together that are in love." married in other states would Charlotte King of Delaware Micah Backer-Klein, rabbi at also be recognized in Delaware League of Women Voters said Temple Beth E1 in Newark, said if the bill passes, the league supports the bill, and Judaism teaches its followers to Lynn Ekelund and Mary Hud- she personally has been with her love others as they love them- son were the first same-sex partner for 35 years. King said selves. "God would want people couple in Sussex County to have past laws denied black slaves the to be with people they love," he a civil union in January 2012. right to marry; later, interracial said. "It was a wonderful day for us," marriages were illegal. HB 75 Other religious leaders spoke Ekelund said. would correct a similar societal against the measure. She said she believes theinjustice, King said. Grace and Truth Community Supreme Court will overturn A DuPont representative said Church pastors Rick Hensley DOMA, and she and Hudson will the company supports marriage and Billy Rosano both testified be left with no federal protec- equality, and Delaware employ- against the bill. Hensely called tions offered to married couples, ers are at a disadvantage because HB 75 an assault on families. He "We want to get married just they cannot offer the same ben- said over the last few decades, like anybody else," Ekelund said. efits to all employees. "It will homosexuality has gone from About 40 citizens testified at make our state and our economy an immoral act to one that is the committee hearing of HB 75, stronger," he said of the bill. accepted and normal. "Evil has and supporters of the bill slightly Richard Smith, who testified outnumbered those who testified on behalf of the Wilmington Continued on page 22 against it. Roberta Price, a Gulf War vet- eran, stood beside her partner, Colleen Collins, and testified that spouses of gay military Runners Continued from page 9 away from the finishing area, so Evans went to the place where she and her friends planned to meet up after the race. "I met up with one of my friends pretty quickly," Evans said. "I was still in a state of shock, so I wasn't really thinking anything." About 20 minutes later, another friend arrived at the des- ignated meeting area. A fourth friend, Linda Reck, was still on the marathon course. "Linda didn't get to finish. They were stuck waiting because they couldn't finish," Evans said. The Rehoboth runners stayed at the designated meeting area for the next two hours, frequent- ly monitoring the area where they expected Reck to pick up her belongings from the bag check area. Once she finally got to baggage check, Reck retrieved her cellphone and the group reunited, secure. Reck said she saw "a great 'As a racer, I like to finish and show ofhumanitg, before, during wait for my friends to finish," and after the event." Evans said. "I like to be right at "When we arrived [in Boston], the finish." we were all so excited about do- Boston police are working ing the race," Evans said. "Now with federal officials to deter- it's hard to know how to feel. It's mine who was behind the attacks hard to be excited about doing that claimed three lives and in- well in the race and enjoying it, jured hundreds. knowing that people were killed "While I think some runners and hurt." will shy away from races, I think Evans said she won't let the others will be more encouraged Boston explosions stop her because they don't want to see from doing other big races. She terrorists win," Evans said. "I re-qualified for the Boston Mara- am happy to be coming home thon this year, but she said she to Rehoboth. I feel a little safer doesn't expect to run it next because it's smaller." year, but only because she wants In two weeks, Evans will run to take a break from races after the Triple Crown Trail Hog race: 2013. a half marathon; 10K and 5K. She expects race planners will In June, she plans to run the reconfigure the Boston race now. Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in Cam- "I don't think they will let bridge, Md. spectators get so close to the "I think any event could be finish line because it is so hard to a target, so I'm not sure what I secure - everyone has bags and could do to improve my safety," backpacks," Evans said. Evans said. "I feel like runners She said races may lose some have a quality that makes them of their finish-line excitement love to run. It's not something we if they have to become more could give up." 16727 Hwy. 1, Located behind The Surfing Crab 112 mile north of Nassau Bridge Bottom Painting Spring Tune-ups . 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