Delaware Will Be 11th State to Allow Gay Marriage
Senate sends measure to governor, who promises to sign
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 7, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
File photo of two men getting married in Washington state.   (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

(Newser) – Delaware will become the 11th state to allow same-sex marriages. A divided state Senate gave final legislative approval today to a bill authorizing same-sex marriage after hearing about three hours of debate. The vote sends the bill to Democratic Gov. Jack Markell, who has promised to sign it. The bill doesn't give same-sex couples any more rights or benefits under Delaware law than they currently have with civil unions. But supporters say same-sex couples deserve the dignity and respect of married couples. Rhode Island became No. 10 last week.

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Nocturno
May 8, 2013 3:30 AM CDT
Wonderful, way to go Delaware! We'll see the day when entire US will have marriage equality:-)
evince
May 8, 2013 12:24 AM CDT
Soddhom and Gomorrah!!!
75Greeno
May 7, 2013 11:22 PM CDT
I am a conservative Christian, and while most people that fall in to this group are seen as haters and narrow minded. As far as I am concerned, as a republican it is our parties view to uphold and stay true to the constitution. The separation of church and state are mention in the constitution. So what do we do when it comes down to marriage, an institution that is recognized by both the state and the church? In my opinion we as conservatives we need to make a truce we say yes if a state wants to allow gay marriage then that state has every right to let those people marry but, the state can not force the church to marry gays or force the church to let gays marry in the church if they chose not to. This is the best way to keep balance and keep everyone happy. If our concern is it affection our religion then we have the right to not allow it in our religon. What we dont have the right to do though is restrict the civil rights of others. Regardless of religious our personal view if we are going to say we stand by and for the constitution we have to stand for all of the constitution.