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Queer Talk: Delaware Joins Marriage Equality List


Equality Delaware tweets, via @EQED:

BREAKING: Marriage equality passes in the Senate. Delaware is officially the 11th state to secure the freedom to marry! #DE4M

At Think Progress:

Just now, the Delaware Senate voted 12-9, to approve marriage equality legislation (HB 75), guaranteeing that Delaware will become the 11th state that recognizes same-sex couples’ marriages. Civil unions, which Delaware previously legalized in 2011, will convert to marriages after one year. The House passed the marriage equality bill two weeks ago by a 23-18 vote and Gov. Jack Markell (D) has promised to sign it.

During the debate, described as “heated,” Sen. Karen Peterson (D) came out publicly for the first time.

PETERSON: No one chose to be gay. We are what God made us. We don’t need to be fixed. We aren’t broken. [...]

My partner Vicki and I have been together for 24 years. Last year, we entered into a civil union. [...]

If my happiness somehow demeans or diminishes your marriage, you need to work on your marriage.

And now The List (once Rhode Island and Delaware officially begin): Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Delaware, and Washington DC.

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7 Responses to Queer Talk: Delaware Joins Marriage Equality List

  1. Taylor Marsh May 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm #


    • Joyce Arnold May 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

      And the governor, as promised, has already signed it. Beginning July 1, marriage equality will be in effect.

      Well, marriage equality, minus federal recognition. But everyone of these state by state steps is helping get us there. Next month’s SCOTUS decisions loom large …

  2. Joyce Arnold May 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Okay, I can’t help it: I keep looking at the Delaware state seal, and those two guys looking at each other …

    • Taylor Marsh May 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm #


    • ladywalker68 May 8, 2013 at 12:28 am #


      And Whoot, Whoot!!!

  3. fairmindedindependent May 7, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Awesome News Joyce !! Thanks for the update, I hope for many more to be added to the Marriage Equality list. And your right Joyce, the two guys looking at eachother Love it !!

    • Joyce Arnold May 8, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

      If you see this, fairminded, be sure and check out the later post regarding the seal — the guys get together :)

      On to Minnesota …

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