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Delaware to Become 11th State with Marriage Equality


After several hours of debate in which Senator Karen Peterson came out of the closet on the floor, the Delaware Senate voted 12-9 today to approve HB75, a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Governor Jack Markell will sign the bill at 5:30 pm today in Legislative Hall. On July 1, same-sex couples can begin applying for marriage licenses.

Delaware will become the 11th state (along with D.C.) to have marriage equality.

LISTEN to the roll call vote and celebration, AFTER THE JUMP...




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  1. 12 yes , 9 no

    Posted by: PE | May 7, 2013 5:07:27 PM

  2. Hooray Delaware!

    Posted by: mikep | May 7, 2013 5:09:10 PM

  3. Sweet!

    Posted by: K in VA | May 7, 2013 5:10:09 PM

  4. Congrats Delaware! Definitely nervous when the roll call came down. Come on Chris Christie...New Jersey is ready!

    Posted by: Christian | May 7, 2013 5:10:41 PM

  5. Bravo to my previous state of residence!

    Posted by: EddieZ | May 7, 2013 5:11:13 PM

  6. Great news. I am still thinking, however, they really need to do something about their state flag - it is atrocious. But good news nonetheless.

    Posted by: Canadian Observer | May 7, 2013 5:11:59 PM

  7. Crangulations to all our Family in Delaware.
    Thanks to all those who stood up for equality.

    In our celebration let us not forget the rest of our Family in states where their rights are still unrecognized.

    We've a long way to go.

    Posted by: JONES | May 7, 2013 5:14:14 PM

  8. 11 down! Awesome, so proud of Delaware (and Rhode Island last week!) We're picking them off one by one now, five states with marriage equality over the span of 6 months :)

    Congrats to all Delaware citizens who had a hand in seeing this through!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 7, 2013 5:15:32 PM

  9. Thank goodness. That was three long hours of churchiness. Cheers, Delaware!

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | May 7, 2013 5:16:16 PM

  10. Congratulations Delaware.
    I want to see the South embrace Marriage Equality. It's time to treat all people fairly.

    Posted by: Jay | May 7, 2013 5:20:18 PM

  11. The domino tottered back and forth, but it finally fell down. AND it wasn't even close!

    Posted by: Howard | May 7, 2013 5:22:19 PM

  12. Congrats and well done. Minnesota next?

    Posted by: Lars | May 7, 2013 5:22:56 PM

  13. A very happy ending to wash away the idiocy of the anti-equality dinosaurs who blabbed on and on. (Our side, as usual, was calm, rational, and articulate.) Way to go, DE! On to Minnesota and Illinois.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 7, 2013 5:25:53 PM

  14. Congrats to the all who worked so hard for equality in Delaware. I'll forego my usual advice not to get expectations too high for the future. Sometimes you just need to celebrate!

    However, to those who say New Jersey is next, I doubt it. Chris Christie obviously has presidential ambitions and I doubt he'd sign a marriage equality bill. If he does he'll never be the nominee in 2016. Of course, it could pass over his objections. But it would be ideal to keep the winning streak going and aim for a state where the governor is on your side. Just my humble "formerly-homophobic" opinion!

    Posted by: Mary | May 7, 2013 5:32:10 PM

  15. Gee and boring old Delaware did it without violence or mass protests. Suck it, France!

    Posted by: Dev | May 7, 2013 5:41:16 PM

  16. Minnesota, for me, is going to really be a big big indication on how things go the rest of the year and onto 2014. Winning a Midwest state would be MONUMENTAL for us. That would be big news. Rhode Island and Delaware passing equality gives our side plenty of momentum.

    Apparently NOM has been focusing efforts on Minnesota, basically forgoing Delaware because they knew it was going to pass in the state. And the Delaware Senate didn't let their citizens down!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 7, 2013 5:44:12 PM

  17. Look for a lot of weddings on the beach at Rehoboth this summer! Congrats to Delaware.

    This Californian hoping for SCOTUS to end our wait in June.

    Posted by: Ken | May 7, 2013 5:52:38 PM

  18. There's no doubt now; the USA is leading the world is establishing equal rights is a positive strong wave of social rethinking on the subject of gay rights.
    The pace of change seems to be accelerating and I doubt if the NOM can stop this momentum.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 7, 2013 6:03:47 PM

  19. @mary NJ has already passed ssm. They just need to get enough votes to override Christie's veto.

    Minnesota is on deck for Thursday. If Minnesota passes it, it's hard to see Illinois not following suit by the end of this month.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 7, 2013 6:10:44 PM

  20. I don't know much about the politics of Minnesota. How does it compare to Delaware? What are the chances for passage in Minnesota this Thursday?

    Posted by: Mary | May 7, 2013 6:15:29 PM

  21. "I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others, especially if it denies people’s civil rights.” – the late Mildred Loving, speaking out for marriage equality on June 12, 2007, the 40th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia announcement.

    Posted by: Gigi | May 7, 2013 6:21:46 PM

  22. CHANGE THE HEADLINE -- Delaware "IS" (not "to become") the 11th state to have marriage equality. Yes, it takes effect on July 1, but the law has now been signed, so it's the law.

    Delaware is a very small state with lots of "ground game" -- everyone knows everyone, and that helped the grassroots lobbying in favor of the bill. Not sure if Minnesota and Illinois, as much larger states, have that same dynamic. But great momentum....let's keep it up.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | May 7, 2013 6:25:52 PM

  23. @ Canadian Observer :
    Ha ha , yeah, that flag need work !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 7, 2013 6:37:07 PM

  24. Anyone know where we can get a transcript of this debate?

    Posted by: JONES | May 7, 2013 6:41:46 PM

  25. JackFknTwist - "the USA is leading the world in establishing equal rights"

    Not really.

    France (yes, even France - it's already done despite the protests)
    South Africa
    New Zealand

    Posted by: MaryM | May 7, 2013 6:42:12 PM

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