Delaware passes marriage equality

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Delaware will become the 11th state to legalize marriage equality.

The state Senate of the Pennsylvania neighbor voted 12-9 Tuesday afternoon in favor of a marriage-equality law, following the House’s earlier action. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) is a strong supporter of same-sex marriage and has pledged to sign the bill into law.

Last week, Rhode Island adopted its own marriage-equality law. Nine other states and Washington, D.C., have sanctioned same-sex marriage.

“We are living in times of historic change,” said Marriage Equality USA board member Jane Wishon. “Right after Rhode Island became the 10th marriage-equality state, Delaware has become the 11th. The entire nation is now watching to see just how quickly Illinois, Minnesota or one of the many other states moving forward will become number 12.”

Read more about Delaware’s action in this Friday’s PGN.