Delaware Is Eleventh State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Governor signed bill Tuesday

   

NewLetters Delaware Is Eleventh State to Legalize Same Sex MarriageOn July 1, same-sex couples in Delaware will be able to get married.

On Tuesday, Governor Jack Markell — just minutes after the bill passed the legislature — signed the bill into law, the Associated Press reports.

Markell was on hand for the vote and told cheering supporters, “I do not intend to make any of you wait one moment longer.” The Delaware Senate passed the bill 12-9 following passage in the House 23-18.

Delaware has had a civil unions law for a little more than a year. Those couples with civil unions will have them converted to marriages over the course of the next year. After July 1, when the new law goes live, no further civil unions will be performed in the state.

Lambda Legal, a gay-rights advocacy group, said, “Today, we celebrate with the thousands of Delaware same-sex couples and their children who will soon be able to have the full recognition and respect accorded to married families.”

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