Thursday, May 12, 2011

Same-sex Civil Unions in Delaware

Homosexual couples now have the same rights and benefits of married couples in Delaware, as Gov. Jack Markell signed civil unions into law.

-- From "Delaware legalizes same-sex unions" by The Associated Press 5/12/11

It makes Delaware the eighth state to allow civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.

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From "Governor signs Delaware civil unions bill" by Beth Miller, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal 5/12/11

After decades of struggle with the gay-rights debate, the civil unions bill seemed to fly through the Legislature, moving from its filing date to final passage April 14 in less than four weeks.

Lawmakers passed the bill in both chambers by margins of almost 2-to-1, with several expressing the difficulty with which they cast their votes for and against. Scores of people testified — some warning of dire consequences if Delaware endorsed same-sex relationships, others urging lawmakers to respect the rights of all and recognize the relationships of the state's same-sex couples as valuable and worthy of legal protection.

Wilmington lawyer David Facciolo and Jane Monahan, a lawyer now living in Geneva, Switzerland, fought against Delaware's version of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, but that law passed and remains in effect, which was one reason Equality Delaware sought a civil unions bill for same-sex couples only.

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