The Delaware state Senate has passed a bill that would allow gay couples to enter into civil unions by a vote of 13-6.
The law would allow gay couples - but not straight couples - to 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.
The legislation now goes onto the Delaware state House, where it is expected to pass; it would then go to Governor Jack Markell for his signature.
Although civil unions are not marriage, and are therefore not equal, I strongly endorse civil unions in the state of Delaware as a stepping stone to full equality in the institution of marriage.
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