Thursday, April 14, 2011

Delaware House Passes Civil Unions Bill

The Delaware state House has passed a Civil Unions bill, 26-15.  As the Delaware state Senate has already passed the bill, it now goes to the Governor's desk; Gov. Jack Markell (D) has said he will sign it.

The new law will allow gay couples - but not straight couples - to enter into civil unions and receive the same rights under state law that straight couples receive, although they still are not "married" and do not qualify for any federal benefits.

Civil unions are not marriage, and therefore this is not a full equality bill.  However, this is a giant step in the right direction for Delaware.

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