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12:28 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

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

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.

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8:30 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Delaware Lawmaker Comes Out During Same Sex Marriage Debate

Senator Karen Peterson (D-Wilmington)
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Delaware State Senator Karen Peterson came out publicly on the Senate floor this week just before the vote that approved same-sex marriage.

And she said up to the last minute she wasn’t sure that she would do it.

Peterson told the Wilmington News Journal that family friends and colleague knew she was a lesbian but thought she would only do so if it added something to the debate.

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9:40 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Death Penalty Repeal Stalled in Delaware

Senator Karen Peterson (D-Stanton)
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee has voted to table a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty.

Tuesday's vote by the Judiciary Committee came after its meeting last week ended in confusion, with supporters of the bill failing to win approval to table it and opponents prevented from taking a vote against it.

But majority Democrats acknowledged that the bill did not have enough votes to be released from committee last week.

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9:08 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Death Penalty Repeal to be Considered Again in Dover

Delaware House of Representatives Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf (D)
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee is reconvening to consider a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty.

Members of the Judiciary Committee ended a meeting last week in confusion, after supporters of the bill failed to win approval to table it and opponents were prevented from taking a vote against it.

Majority Democrats acknowledged, however, that the bill did not have enough votes to be released from committee.

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