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  • Delaware becomes 11th state with gay marriage

    05/07/2013 5:01:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 5/7/2013 | RANDALL CHASE
    A divided state Senate voted Tuesday to make Delaware the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage, after hearing hours of passionate testimony from supporters and opponents. Less than an hour after the Senate's 12-9 vote, Democratic Gov. Jack Markell signed the measure into law. "I do not intend to make any of you wait one moment longer," a smiling Markell told about 200 jubilant supporters who erupted in cheers and applause following the Senate vote. "I am elated," said Scott Forrest, 50, of Newark, who entered into a same-sex civil union last year with his partner of...
  • Gay marriage: Is Delaware next?

    04/11/2013 8:01:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Delaware lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state, with plans to have it signed into law by the end of June. The legislation, which the governor has pledged to sign if passed by lawmakers, was filed a little more than a year after Delaware first began recognizing same-sex civil unions. Critics of the civil union legislation warned at the time that it was simply a precursor to same-sex marriage in Delaware, which could soon join nine other states that have legalized gay marriage. Gov. Jack Markell and Attorney General Beau Biden, both Democrats, joined...
  • Same-sex unions legalized in Delaware

    05/12/2011 10:05:22 AM PDT · by massmike · 41 replies ^ | 05/12/2011 | Peter Mucha
    Delaware has joined New Jersey in granting marriage-like rights to same-sex couples joined by civil unions. The law, which will take effect next Jan. 1, stops short of conferring full marriage rights, as has been done by five states and Washington, D.C. Gov. Jack Markell signed the legislation on Wednesday at Wilmington’s Queen Theater, as hundreds of supporters toasted the occasion with champagne.