A Delaware Senate panel is expected to consider a proposed gay marriage bill next week.

The Senate Executive Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 75 on Wednesday – a week to the day after the House approved the measure with a 23-18 vote.

(Related: Delaware House approves gay marriage bill.)

“The marriage equality bill filed today will allow loving and committed same-sex couples the freedom to marry the person they love just like the rest of us,” Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins, a Democrat, is quoted as saying by gay weekly the Washington Blade. “We say to gay and lesbian couples that their love and their families are worthy of the same dignity and respect as all our families.”

The measure is expected to clear the 6-member committee but its fate in the Senate remains less certain. According to a vote count conducted by progressive blog Think Progress, supporters remain 2 votes short of passage in the Senate. However, Lisa Goodman, president of Equality Delaware, said she remains confident the bill will become law.

“We believe we will have the votes to pass marriage equality in the Senate,” she said.