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

(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.

File photo of two men getting married in Washington state.   (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
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