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.