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1st same-sex civil union performed in Delaware
CBS ^ | January 2, 2012

Posted on 01/03/2012 1:52:34 PM PST by NYer

More than 400 people, including a U.S. senator, witnessed the first same-sex civil union in Delaware on New Year's Day.

Lawyers Lisa Goodman and Drewry Fennell were joined in the union by the Rev. Patricia Downing, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington, where the Sunday afternoon ceremony took place.

Goodman and Fennell have been partners for 14 years. Goodman is a lawyer who led the advocacy group Equality Delaware's fight for the civil union law. Fennell heads the state Criminal Justice Council and formerly led the ACLU's Delaware chapter.

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., delivered the sermon and Lt. Gov. Matt Denns read scripture.

"We felt so lifted up by everyone who was there," Goodman said by phone as she and Fennell were riding to their home after the ceremony and reception.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed the law authorizing civil unions in May. Delaware is one of about a dozen states that allow either civil unions or marriages for same-sex couples.

Neighboring Maryland is preparing for a renewed fight over a same-sex marriage proposal, with Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley promising his full support for the measure in the coming legislative session.

In Delaware, observers of the Sunday ceremony said it went off without a hitch.

"Everything went perfect, I couldn't be happier, everything was flawless," said Ken Boulden Jr., the New Castle County Clerk of the Peace. Boulden opened his office on Sunday so that Goodman and Fennell and seven other couples could get their licenses on the first day they were available. Boulden was a guest at the Goodman-Fennell ceremony.

Calling the event a "lovefest," Boulden said the good weather meant even heaven was smiling down upon the couple.

"It was a great way to begin the new year," he said.

Downing said she has known Goodman and Fennell for about four years and that the couple crafted a service to reflect their relationship. "I'm full of pride and joy and extremely happy and excited that this could happen in Delaware," Downing said.

The couple had a choir that performed hymns and Christmas carols, one in Spanish, because the church has a Spanish-speaking congregation.

Goodman said that when the congregation gave the couple a standing ovation after the union was pronounced, "I was afraid to turn around because I was afraid I might cry."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: civilunion; episcopal; glbt; homosexualagenda

Lisa Goodman, left, and partner Drew Fennell hold hands as they answer questions at the clerk of peace office at the city/county building in Wilmington, Del., Jan. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal)
1 posted on 01/03/2012 1:52:37 PM PST by NYer
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

I will never understand this.


2 posted on 01/03/2012 1:53:25 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

The title Ewwweeee! Was it in public?


3 posted on 01/03/2012 1:56:12 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: NYer

I will never condone this.


4 posted on 01/03/2012 1:57:07 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: NYer

I had no Idea this was passed in Delaware. So now we have Mass, CT, RI, Iowa, DC, CA. Goodness. STOP!!! One state I am seriously surprised about is Nevada. I would have thought that since they don’t value marriage in that state much that it would be the state that would perform gay marriage.


5 posted on 01/03/2012 1:58:57 PM PST by napscoordinator (A miracle is happening before our eyes! The ONLY MORAL CONSERVATIVE!!! Rick Santorum 2012!!!!!)
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To: NYer
“I now pronounce you indeterminate non gender specific personal descriptor and indeterminate non gender specific personal descriptor...”

“You may have basic simple orally involved public affection with indeterminate non gender specific personal descriptor...”

6 posted on 01/03/2012 2:00:43 PM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: NYer
U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., delivered the sermon.

And it was Christine O'Donnell that they made fun of.

7 posted on 01/03/2012 2:01:05 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: NYer; All

8 posted on 01/03/2012 2:01:28 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: NYer

`Best Man’ Steely Dan was so excited that he was vibrating.
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


9 posted on 01/03/2012 2:02:59 PM PST by tumblindice (America's Founding Fathers: All Armed Conservatives)
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To: NYer

The Episcopals beat the Unitarians and UMC to this? That’s going to cause a firestorm!


10 posted on 01/03/2012 2:03:14 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: NYer
Lt. Gov. Matt Denns read scripture.

I bet it wasn't Romans 1:26.

11 posted on 01/03/2012 2:04:12 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: NYer

The liberalization of a culture is harmful to its future.


12 posted on 01/03/2012 2:05:15 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: NYer
I just threw up........


13 posted on 01/03/2012 2:08:29 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: NYer
Lawyers Lisa Goodman and Drewry Fennell were ...

Lisa is a good... what? Little question as to who wears the pants in this family.

14 posted on 01/03/2012 2:09:01 PM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy your votes")
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To: NYer

Now that they have achieved their goal of marriage, I expect the relationship to fall apart real soon. Nothing left to keep them together.


15 posted on 01/03/2012 2:11:14 PM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: napscoordinator
So now we have Mass, CT, RI, Iowa, DC, CA.

There is also NY, VT, NH, HI ... there are now 12 states that recognize gay unions and/or marriage.

16 posted on 01/03/2012 2:24:38 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

there are now 12 states that recognize gay unions and/or marriage.

Oh man. You just turned my stomach. I believe we may have lost this battle. I am sick to say such a thing but I had no idea we were that bad off.


17 posted on 01/03/2012 2:32:47 PM PST by napscoordinator (A miracle is happening before our eyes! The ONLY MORAL CONSERVATIVE!!! Rick Santorum 2012!!!!!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
I bet it wasn't Romans 1:26.

The reading extends well beyond 1:26.

24Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts* for the mutual degradation of their bodies.v 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, 27and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity. 28And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God handed them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper. 29 They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are gossips 30and scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty, boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious toward their parents. 31They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know the just decree of God that all who practice such things deserve death, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Romans 1:24-32

Sadly, this civil union was officiated by an Episcopal (female) minister.

18 posted on 01/03/2012 2:36:27 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer
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That Lisa Goodman looks like she'd fit into this category.... Old men who look like lesbians or lesbians who look like old men...

19 posted on 01/03/2012 2:54:27 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: dragonblustar
Put glasses on Steven, and he's a dead ringer for Janet Reno


20 posted on 01/03/2012 2:56:57 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: napscoordinator

Only a matter of time and court cases for all 50 states (57 states, according to President Obummer) to be forced to recognize these and dole out all the accordant “benefits” that come with marriage - with our without state constitutional regulations.

They will parade out the “equal protection” BS.... and there you will have it, even those of us living in even the more conservative states will be paying for homo-Joe to get his privates altered and/or pay out spousal benefits.


21 posted on 01/03/2012 3:01:18 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Although I have read there have been civil ceremonies in California and Washington, I don’t believe the Episcopal General Convention has approved this (yet). They meet this year and are expected to approve a liturgy for the sinful ceremony. This homosexual activist push has ripped the church asunder.


22 posted on 01/03/2012 3:01:51 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: NYer

I suppose that, this time next year, we will be seeing a headline about a civil union between a man and a corpse, or a man and a goat, or a man and a 7-year-old.


23 posted on 01/03/2012 3:20:13 PM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: NYer
Everyone in Delaware that had a hand in this will face the Ultimate Judge one day.

LLS

24 posted on 01/03/2012 3:41:39 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!)
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25 posted on 01/03/2012 3:56:07 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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Lawyers Lisa Goodman and Drewry Fennell were joined in the union by the Rev. Patricia Downing, rector of Trinity Episcopal Churchin Wilmington, where the Sunday afternoon ceremony took place.

This just reinforces the reason I am no longer a practicing Episcopalian. Thank God my daughter finally dumped her ex-boyfriend, as they went to a PCUSA church and were heavily involved in their fag-loving, social justice agenda. What's going on with churches in America?!?!

26 posted on 01/03/2012 3:59:07 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Maxine, I'll see you there. I'm not changing my ways.)
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27 posted on 01/03/2012 4:07:55 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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28 posted on 01/03/2012 6:51:29 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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29 posted on 01/03/2012 6:54:04 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: NYer

I just threw up in my mouth a little.


30 posted on 01/03/2012 7:49:16 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (NO COMPROMISE! NO RETREAT! NO SURRENDER! I AM A CONSERVATIVE! CASE CLOSED!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Or Leviticus 18:22 for that matter.

:)


31 posted on 01/03/2012 7:52:00 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (NO COMPROMISE! NO RETREAT! NO SURRENDER! I AM A CONSERVATIVE! CASE CLOSED!)
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To: napscoordinator

“there are now 12 states that recognize gay unions and/or marriage.
Oh man. You just turned my stomach. I believe we may have lost this battle. I am sick to say such a thing but I had no idea we were that bad off.”

This battle _has_ “been lost”.

Same-sex marriage will eventually be declared the law of the land by the Supreme Court. Probably not by the Roberts Court, but somewhere down the line there is going to be a more liberal Court that does exactly this.

The sad fact is that the battle _could have_ been won, and won easily — if Republicans had only pushed for a “Marriage Amendment” to the Constitution at the first sign of trouble (that being “civil unions” in Vermont).

Back then, the notion of same-sex marriage seemed so outrageous that a Marriage Amendment could have succeeded is passing both houses of Congress, IF the Republicans/conservatives put the pressure on.

Back then, this was enough of a “hot button” issue that the amendment almost certainly would have garnered enough support in the required number of state legislatures to be ratified.

And our side would have won.

But we let that opportunity slip away, and since then, the only momentum that has developed has been for the other side.

Congress will never pass a Marriage Amendment now. Not going to happen. (I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong, but the lefties in the Congress have grown “leftier” and bolder since then. They’ll not give up the cause, even for the sake of their constituents.

The saying goes, “strike while the iron is hot”. It ain’t so hot no more. The left is winning on same-sex unions, they’ve got their strategies down, and they’re not going to give up ‘til they’ve won the whole enchilada.

Wish I could be more optimistic, but that’s the way I see it...


32 posted on 01/03/2012 9:14:21 PM PST by Road Glide
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It is a white trash thing. Not many years ago people in the blue states chided others for marrying their cousins, and we all thought, how disgusting. Now we have those same people marrying the same-sex in a sexually dimorphic species (ie humans) and they call it normal. I can’t wait for the next white trash parade in San Fran.


33 posted on 01/04/2012 7:10:34 AM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: NYer

The “event” is bad enough. The 400 “celebrants” really
are a bigger problem.


34 posted on 01/04/2012 7:22:50 AM PST by cycjec
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To: ConservativeInPA
What's going on with churches in America?!?!

Many churches have turned away from the Word of God (at best they might read "The Message"). I thank God for the Southern Baptist churches, firmly anchored in Scripture!

35 posted on 01/04/2012 9:19:16 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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