Monday, April 18, 2011

Delaware house legalizes same-sex "civil unions"


DOVER, Delaware, April 14, 2011 ( – House lawmakers in Delaware have enacted civil unions legislation that will give homosexual couples all of the legal benefits and obligations of marriage, except for the name.

The Dover Post reports that Markell intends to sign the bill next month at a signing ceremony. It will take effect January 1, 2012.

The House debated, and rejected nine amendments to the bill. One would have specified that unmarried heterosexuals could also apply for civil union status, another would have stressed that the legislature was not intending to make marriage the legal equivalent of a civil union, and another would have replaced the bill with a Designated Beneficiary Agreement, similar to what exists in Colorado law.

Pray for Delware.

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