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9:21 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Legal in Virginia

In Virginia same-sex couples will be celebrating their nuptials with a state sanctioned marriage license.

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday declined to hear appeals to enforce a ban on same-sex marriage by five states including Virginia.

That action immediately legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

In Northampton County, the court clerk Traci Johnson said she and her counterparts in the rest of the state will begin receiving instructions and revised forms via email for issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

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7:58 am
Thu August 21, 2014

No Same Sex Marriages in Virginia Today, Supreme Court Says

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.

The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order.

Without court intervention, same-sex couples would have been allowed to wed as of Thursday.

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8:27 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Tomorrow Same-Sex Marriage Might Be Legal in Virginia

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that gay marriages could soon be legal in Virginia.

The State Registrar of Vital Records is drafting a revised marriage license form that will be used if the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' order ending Virginia's same-sex marriage ban goes into effect Thursday morning.

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11:59 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Don't Delay End of Virginia Gay Marriage Ban, Courts Asked

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The plaintiffs in a court case challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban have asked a federal appeals court not to stay its ruling striking down the law.

Last week, a county court clerk in northern Virginia sought to delay the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling while it is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. That 2-1 ruling upheld the decision by a lower district court in Norfolk. The appellate court ruling applies throughout the circuit that also includes West Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas.

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8:40 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Pride Festival Celebrates Marriage Equality in Delaware

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Around a thousand people attended Delaware’s Pride Festival in Dover for the first time on Saturday.

It was held there in recognition of the decision by lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage.

This was the 17th year the Delaware Pride festival has been held in the First State although in the past it had taken place in Rehoboth Beach or New Castle.

The event included drag shows, vendor booths and other entertainment.

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10:10 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Andy Harris: On Congress and the Supreme Court

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The end of June saw big votes on Capitol Hill and big decisions by the United States Supreme  Court. Delmarva Public Radio's Don  Rush caught up with Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris (R-First District)  on his reaction to these events.

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9:03 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Delaware Governor to Sign Good Samaritan Bill

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Good Samaritan

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation encouraging people in Delaware to report alcohol and drug overdoses without fear of being prosecuted is about to become law.

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.

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.

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12:28 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

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

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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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9:18 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Maryland's Married Gay Couples Await High Court Decision

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Marylanders gave same sex couples to right to marry.

Now those same couples are awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision that open the way to federal benefits.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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9:43 am
Tue May 14, 2013

MD Same-Sex Marriage Law Jeopardizes Domestic Partnerships

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The legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland has one downside for same-sex partnerships.

No new domestic partners will be able to enroll for state health benefits beginning in July and no domestic partners will be covered.

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.

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11:06 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Rallied in Dover

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Opponents of a bill legalizing gay marriage in Delaware are making their voices heard.

Hundreds of opponents of same-sex marriage gathered Thursday at Legislative Hall to urge lawmakers to vote against the bill.

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.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.

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9:09 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Delaware Governor Jack Markell Says He'll Sign Same-Sex Marriage Law

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Governor Jack Markell says he’ll sign the law that will make same-sex marriage legal in the state of Delaware.

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.

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.

A same-sex marriage bill is expected to be filed this Thursday in the House of Representatives before legislators return next week.

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8:55 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Del. Rep. John Carney Backs Gay Marriage

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Delaware's lone congressman has announced his support for same-sex marriage.

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.

Carney said he does not believe that it is right for the government to treat couples differently because of sexual orientation.

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11:20 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Same Sex Marriage: Implications of a Court Decision

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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.

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9:26 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Top Delaware Republican Backs Same-Sex Marriage

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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.

John Fluharty said Tuesday that he attended a fundraiser in Wilmington last week for Equality Delaware, a gay-rights organization that is pushing the same-sex marriage bill.

He declined further comment.

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8:35 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Gov. Jack Markell Sworn In for Second Term


Governor Jack Markell was sworn in yesterday to begin his second term in office.


His priorities include not only the state’s economy and education but protection of the state’s coastline against the warming of the planet.


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.


There were few specifics in his remarks but he is expected to spell out more details in his State of the State address tomorrow.

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8:57 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Delaware General Assembly Opens Today

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are gathering in Dover to convene a new legislative session. The 147th session of the Delaware General Assembly is to be gaveled to order Tuesday afternoon.


As usual, a key issue for lawmakers this year will be the state budget, with stagnant revenues and rising costs putting a squeeze on Delaware's fiscal forecast.


Other thorny issues likely to surface this year include gun control and gay marriage.

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9:50 am
Wed July 11, 2012

What Does It Mean To Be Transgender?

This month Barney Frank wed his long time partner Jim Ready to become the first sitting congressman in a same-sex marriage.

Nationally, there are now eight states that have legalized same-sex marriage with a similar number recognizing same sex civil unions -- including Delaware.

In November, Marylanders will go to the polls to vote on whether to legalize same sex marriage.

Just this year, President Obama improved its chances for passage by his endorsement of same sex marriage.

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