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Marriage Equality Comes to Delaware

The momentum of marriage equality continues! On Tuesday, the Delaware Legislature passed—and Governor Jack Markell signed into law—marriage equality legislation, making the state the 11th to recognize the freedom to marry.

Less than a year ago, the state legalized civil unions. Under the new law, no new civil unions will be performed in Delaware after July 1, and existing civil unions will be converted automatically to marriages.

Today’s vote and bill signing comes less than a week after marriage equality legislation was passed in Rhode Island. Couples there will be able to get married starting August 1. Legislation has also been introduced in Minnesota and Illinois, where both governors have pledged to sign it.

And we are closer than ever to a resolution in AFER’s challenge to California’ Proposition 8 with a Supreme Court decision expected by the end of June.