Great news comes from Delaware today after the state became the 11th in the U.S. to make same-sex marriage legal.
The news comes only a week after Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Currently, Delaware provides civil unions to same-sex relationships providing their only means of being recognized legally as couple. On July 1, 2013, same-sex marriage will be made legal in the state providing same-sex couples with equal rights to heterosexual couples who marry within the state. Although the new measure will not provide any rights beyond what civil unions previously did within Delaware, it creates a system of marriage without differentiation whether it be by name or by rights awarded. All civil unions previously performed in Delaware will automatically be converted into marriages. Also, same-sex marriages performed in other states will be recognized by Delaware as valid.
The same-sex marriage bill passed the Delaware Senate by a slim margin, 12-9, before being sent to the governor for approval. The bill passed in the state House two weeks ago by a vote of 23-18. It was later signed by Governor Jack Markell into law today.
Now all we need is for the Supreme Court to knock down the Defense of Marriage Act permitting same-sex married couples to receive federal rights and benefits!
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