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Delaware governor predicts marriage equality is ‘inevitable’

Friday, March 2, 2012

DOVER, Del. — Delaware Governor Jack Markell on Friday predicted marriage equality in his state is “inevitable.”

In an interview with Reuters Insider TV, Markell, a Democrat, said he expects that Delaware will take up same-sex marriage legislation “probably within the next few years.”

Jack Markell

Markell noted that until three years ago it was legal in Delaware “to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation,” and said the state was moving towards greater acceptance of homosexuality.

Last year, Markell signed a bill legalizing same-sex civil unions, making Delaware the eighth state to allow civil unions or domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples.

The law took effect Jan. 1, allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, giving them all of the rights, benefits, and obligations of marriage under state law, but prohibits them from obtaining marriage licenses.

Last month, Washington state become the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage; that law will take effect in June unless opponents gather enough signatures to place a repeal effort on the November ballot.

On Thursday, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a marriage equality bill that will take effect January 2013, unless it too is overturned by a ballot referendum in November.

Currently six states — Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York — and the District of Columbia allow same-sex unions.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. Yessss!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:12pm
  2. You bet it is.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:12pm
  3. WOW, this is just an intense amount of momentum in the US right now about marriage equality becoming the law of the land. So happy with this =)

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:13pm
  4. That’s my state :)

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:14pm
  5. gay equality today, trans equality tomorrow! 8D

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:14pm
  6. Yes Trans equality…we need to be equal.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:15pm
  7. Hell yeah!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:16pm
  8. *fails to see why this is a bad thing*

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:18pm
  9. Trans equality freaking today @ Samantha,,,,

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:19pm
  10. @ Suzette I wish.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:24pm
  11. YES

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:31pm
  12. Lol

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:32pm
  13. That would be great but why wait a few years when now is just as good to put forth a same sex marriage bill for Deleware.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:44pm
  14. Woohoo! Well I just might move back to my home state: ) I’m rooting for you Delaware!

    Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 12:53am
  15. Sweet!

    Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 1:29am
  16. Sharing!

    Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 2:09am
  17. i live in wa. state,, i think 2012 is a bad yr. for gay marriage to go to the voters. i hope the haters cant get enough signatures for a referendum.

    Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 3:18am
  18. YAY!

    Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 6:18am
  19. Well i think it should go to the voters because if a man and a woman can be unhappily married then 2 men or woman should be able to be HAPPILY MARRIED

    Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:15am
  20. soon would be better.

    Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 4:14pm
  21. Good news from the First State. I live only about 15 miles from Delaware I hope this will put pressure on the Keystone State to do likewise!

    Posted on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 1:38pm