State Senator And Partner Become First Same-Sex Couple Married in Delaware

Jul 1, 2013

Senator Karen Peterson
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A state senator and her partner have become the first same-sex couple to be legally wed in Delaware.

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.

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.

Delaware in May became the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage when Democratic Gov. Jack Markell signed a same-sex marriage bill into law just minutes after its passage in the legislature.