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Delaware Governor signs same-sex civil unions bill into law

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WILMINGTON, Del. — Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday evening signed the same-sex civil union bill into law, making Delaware the eighth state to allow civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

via WCAU-TV

Gov. Jack Markell, after signing the civil unions bill on May11.

The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012, 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.

“Tonight, with the signing of this law, we say to any Delawarean regardless of sexual orientation – if you’ve committed yourself to someone, and you’ve made that pledge to spend your life together in partnership, when life or death decisions come, we honor your right to make those decisions together,” Markell said.

The bill cleared the state legislature on April 14 when House members approved the bill on a 26-to-15 vote. The Senate approved the bill the week before.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. 8th state u say, so 42 more to go and all US territories, etc…

    Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 9:43pm
  2. thats a start

    Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 9:47pm
  3. So we lost Minnesota but gained Delaware?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 9:49pm
  4. We lose one and we gain one.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 9:56pm
  5. I hope we can change that soon. Delaware need to get back on its reputation for being the First state. But anyway, I love Delaware for making this decision instead of a regressive one like Minnesota did.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 10:34pm
  6. As a Minnesotan, I find this news much more comforting than the catastrophe yesterday. Thank you Delaware. :D

    Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 12:51am
  7. Progress!

    Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 3:39am
  8. let the lawsuits ensue. We’ll see how long this one lasts…

    Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 6:02am
  9. Delaware = YAY! Minnesota = BOO!

    Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 8:15am
  10. I hope all my friends in Minnesota are okay. BUT CHEERS FOR THIS

    Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 3:01pm
  11. Celebrate all progress. WTG Delaware. They will have Gay Marriage soon too.

    Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:00pm