Delaware Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage


Delaware became the eleventh state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday after the State Senate approved the measure and the state’s governor signed it into law.

Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, signed the bill following a 12-9 vote in the State Senate passing the measure. The State House approved the bill in April.

Delaware already had a civil unions law, but the new measure allows gay and lesbian couples to legally marry. Rhode Island, Iowa, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Washington and the District of Columbia all allow same-sex marriage.

“Today, we wrote a new chapter in our history and proved, once again, justice and equality continue to move forward in Delaware,” Markell wrote in a statement following the bill’s signing.

His approval was echoed by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden.

“This is a historic day for Delaware,” Attorney General Biden wrote. “Because of today’s vote, all Delawareans will be equal under the law and free to choose whom to love and whom to spend their lives with.”

No sales tax and gay marriage? You go, Delaware!


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  • Cat

    That’s awesome!!!

  • Congrats to Delaware!, and as a Californian I’m a little embarrassed that we’re now lagging behind New England . . . meanwhile, I hope opponents of marriage equality will start to look at the actual evidence instead of making hypothetical dire predictions – despite their worst fears, in every state which has embraced marriage equality, “Western Civilization Is Still Intact” (and here’s a little musical reminder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_Gz3yx2YGs)

  • Non-womanpolicer

    I’m from DE and I am sooo happy to be!

  • Mademoiselle

    Can someone tell me what happens if all the states legalize same sex marriage and the supreme court doesn’t? What’s the implication for federal recognition?