same-sex marriage http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Andy Harris: On Congress and the Supreme Court http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/andy-harris-congress-and-supreme-court <p>The end of June saw big votes on Capitol Hill and big decisions by the United States Supreme&nbsp; Court. Delmarva Public Radio's Don&nbsp; Rush caught up with Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris (R-First District)&nbsp; on his reaction to these events.</p><p></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:10:57 +0000 Don Rush 37070 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Andy Harris: On Congress and the Supreme Court Delaware Governor to Sign Good Samaritan Bill http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-governor-sign-good-samaritan-bill <p><strong>Good Samaritan </strong></p><p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation encouraging people in Delaware to report alcohol and drug overdoses without fear of being prosecuted is about to become law.</p><p>The so-called Good Samaritan bill was to be signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell after winning unanimous approval in both the House and Senate.</p><p>Under the bill, a person reporting an overdose would be immune from prosecution for certain drug crimes even if he or she has been involved in drug-related activity.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:03:25 +0000 Don Rush 37006 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Governor to Sign Good Samaritan Bill State Senator And Partner Become First Same-Sex Couple Married in Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/state-senator-and-partner-become-first-same-sex-couple-married-delaware <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A state senator and her partner have become the first same-sex couple to be legally wed in Delaware.</p><p>Sen. Karen Peterson and her longtime partner, Vikki Bandy, both 63, exchanged vows Monday morning, converting their civil union to marriage in a brief ceremony attended by about 35 friends and supporters.</p><p>Following the ceremony, other same-sex couples lined up to get their marriage licenses on the day Delaware's new same=sex marriage law took effect.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:28:08 +0000 Don Rush 36959 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net State Senator And Partner Become First Same-Sex Couple Married in Delaware Maryland's Married Gay Couples Await High Court Decision http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/marylands-married-gay-couples-await-high-court-decision <p>Marylanders gave same sex couples to right to marry.</p><p>Now those same couples are awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision that open the way to federal benefits.</p><p>Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:18:21 +0000 Don Rush 36570 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland's Married Gay Couples Await High Court Decision MD Same-Sex Marriage Law Jeopardizes Domestic Partnerships http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-same-sex-marriage-law-jeopardizes-domestic-partnerships <p>The legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland has one downside for same-sex partnerships.</p><p>No new domestic partners will be able to enroll for state health benefits beginning in July and no domestic partners will be covered.</p><p>Robin Sabatini with the Department of Budget and Management said that there are around 280 active and retired state workers who are covering a same-sex domestic partner.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 13:43:10 +0000 Don Rush 34115 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Same-Sex Marriage Law Jeopardizes Domestic Partnerships Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Rallied in Dover http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/same-sex-marriage-opponents-rallied-dover <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Opponents of a bill legalizing gay marriage in Delaware are making their voices heard.</p><p>Hundreds of opponents of same-sex marriage gathered Thursday at Legislative Hall to urge lawmakers to vote against the bill.</p><p>The opposition rally came one day after the measure cleared a House committee and was sent to the full House, which is expected to vote next week.</p><p>Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:06:21 +0000 Don Rush 32744 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Rallied in Dover Delaware Governor Jack Markell Says He'll Sign Same-Sex Marriage Law http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-governor-jack-markell-says-hell-sign-same-sex-marriage-law <p></p><p>Governor Jack Markell says he’ll sign the law that will make same-sex marriage legal in the state of Delaware.</p><p>Around 200 supporters of the legislation gathered to hear the Governor tell them that if it can happen in Delaware it will be this year.</p><p>The Wilmington News Journal reports that the meeting was an effort to motivate students and others to make the First State the tenth in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.</p><p>A same-sex marriage bill is expected to be filed this Thursday in the House of Representatives before legislators return next week.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:09:41 +0000 Don Rush 32139 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Governor Jack Markell Says He'll Sign Same-Sex Marriage Law Del. Rep. John Carney Backs Gay Marriage http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/del-rep-john-carney-backs-gay-marriage <p></p><p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Delaware's lone congressman has announced his support for same-sex marriage.</p><p>Democrat John Carney announced his support for marriage equality Monday on his website. He said as a Catholic, he has tried to reach a balance between honoring the religious sacrament of marriage and letting same-sex couples to enjoy legal recognition.</p><p>Carney said he does not believe that it is right for the government to treat couples differently because of sexual orientation.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:55:13 +0000 Don Rush 31768 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Del. Rep. John Carney Backs Gay Marriage Same Sex Marriage: Implications of a Court Decision http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/same-sex-marriage-implications-court-decision <p></p><p>The US Supreme Court has finished the arguments from two major cases that could have sweeping ramifications for same-sex marriage advocates. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has reaction to the implications of a Court decision that is expected by the end of June.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:20:56 +0000 Don Rush 31600 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Same Sex Marriage: Implications of a Court Decision Top Delaware Republican Backs Same-Sex Marriage http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/top-delaware-republican-backs-same-sex-marriage <p></p><p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Pending legislation authorizing same-sex marriage in Delaware has the support of the executive director of the state Republican Party, who is gay.</p><p>John Fluharty said Tuesday that he attended a fundraiser in Wilmington last week for <a href="http://www.equalitydelaware.org/">Equality Delaware</a>, a gay-rights organization that is pushing the same-sex marriage bill.</p><p>He declined further comment.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:26:21 +0000 Don Rush 31049 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Top Delaware Republican Backs Same-Sex Marriage Gov. Jack Markell Sworn In for Second Term http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gov-jack-markell-sworn-second-term <P></P> <P>Governor Jack Markell was sworn in yesterday to begin his second term in office.</P> <P>His priorities include not only the state’s economy and education but protection of the state’s coastline against the warming of the planet.</P> <P>In addition, he also emphasized equality and dignity for the First State’s citizens an apparent nod to an expected effort this year to legalize same-sex marriage.</P> <P>There were few specifics in his remarks but he is expected to spell out more details in his State of the State address tomorrow.</P> <P>Lt. Gov. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:35:59 +0000 Don Rush 27564 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gov. Jack Markell Sworn In for Second Term Delaware General Assembly Opens Today http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-general-assembly-opens-today <P>DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are gathering in Dover to convene a new legislative session. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:57:41 +0000 Don Rush 27149 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net What Does It Mean To Be Transgender? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/what-does-it-mean-be-transgender <p>This month Barney Frank wed his long time partner Jim Ready to become the first sitting congressman in a same-sex marriage.</p><p>Nationally, there are now eight states that have legalized same-sex marriage with a similar number recognizing same sex civil unions -- including Delaware.</p><p>In November, Marylanders will go to the polls to vote on whether to legalize same sex marriage.</p><p>Just this year, President Obama improved its chances for passage by his endorsement of same sex marriage.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:50:42 +0000 Don Rush 16553 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net