But there’s good news on the horizon: Delaware Governor Jack Markell is strongly in favor of marriage equality in his state, joining neighboring states Maryland and New York. House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf has also said that a marriage bill would likely face a legislative vote in the coming months, and that he would support it.
Delaware’s experience closely mirrors that of other states that graduated from civil unions to marriage. Only a small number of couples–565 in 2012–have taken advantage of the “marriage-lite” protections. Of those, about 400 were obtained on New Year’s Day, the first day they were available.
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