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Delaware passes same-sex civil unions bill; Governor expected to sign into law

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Delaware’s House of Representatives on Thursday evening passed a same-sex civil unions bill by a vote of 26-15.

The bill was previously approved in the state Senate just one week ago.

The bill, SB 30 will allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, giving them all of the rights, benefits, and obligations of marriage under state law, but would not allow them to obtain marriage licenses.

Religious institutions may choose not to solemnize civil unions.

“We are tremendously proud that the Delaware House has passed civil union legislation,” said Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman.

“The fact that the Delaware General Assembly passed civil union legislation on the first attempt is a great testament to how far public opinion has come on equality issues. This is a great day for equality in Delaware,” Goodman said.

The bill now goes to Gov. Jack Markell, who is expected to sign it into law. Once signed, it will take effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

“It’s time for this bill to pass. It’s time for the bill to be signed. It’s the right thing to do for the people of Delaware,” said Markell, following the Senate passage last week.

Delaware will be the 8th state to offer civil unions or comprehensive domestic partnerships.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. AWESOME. Celebrate ALL progress. Today Civil Unions, tomorrow marriage!

    Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 11:05pm
  2. Another Huge step to Mankind

    Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 7:43am
  3. Yes! We are getting there, slowly but surely – Equality for all!

    Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 7:45am
  4. Yay delaware!

    Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 8:58am
  5. Its about time I am 35 years of age and I would like to marry the one person that truly make me happy. I thank God for her every day because with out her I would not know what to do with myself. I am disabled and she has been there every step of the way I love you tina

    Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 9:27am
  6. its a good thing…but you have still far to go…look at my europe …how far we have come

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 8:58am