With a sweeping vote of 26-15 (and after hours of debate), Delaware’s House of Representatives has made the decision to grant legal status to same-sex civil unions, giving those couples the same rights, protections and obligations already granted to married couples.
The crowd cheered after the passage of the bill was read.
“We were all created with special, unique, beautiful differences,” said chief House sponsor Rep. Melanie George. “Our government respects those differences.”
“Mark my words, there will be litigation over this,” said Douglas Napier, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative religious rights organization.
“I think it’s time for this bill to be passed, and it’s going to be good for so many Delawareans for years to come,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “I’m really pleased with it.”
Delaware has now become the eighth state to grant civil unions to same-sex couples.