Deleware Governor Jack Markell this week signed into law a bill to grant same-sex couples civil unions and therein all the state-sanctioned rights of marriage. The law will come into force January 1, 2012.
The signing was held May 11 on the stage at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. Governor Markell found himself flanked by state legislators, government officials, Equality Delaware board members, the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware and many more people all there to see him sign the “historic” legislation.
At the signing, Governor Markell said, “Tonight, we say to loving and committed couples across the state who want the law to endorse the promise that they made long ago in their hearts, ‘Your love is equally valid and deserving, your family is now equal under the law.’ “
Listen to Governor Markell’s speech below:
The bill moved through the Legislature at a pace.
House lawmakers voted to pass Senate Bill 30, the Delaware Civil Unions and Equality Act of 2011, by a 26-15 vote in April, while the senate passed the bill unamended in a 13-6 vote earlier that month. Read more here.
The legislation grants the same “rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities as married persons under Delaware law.”
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