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Governor Jack Markell Signs Delewares "Civil Unions" Bill Into Law – Welcome To The Year 2000 Delaware!

Here we go taking a baby-step backwards …….AGAIN.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has signed a bill into law that gives same-sex couples legal protections and recognition beginning in 2012.

The measure which was introduced by Sen. David Sokola and Rep. Melanie George, would allow civil unions only for same-sex couples ONLY in Delaware. Similar legal unions for same-sex couples from other jurisdictions, such as civil unions and marriages, would be recognized as civil unions in Delaware.

This will make Delaware the eighth state to allow civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples

Now I know there are some out there who say it’s better than nothing.  And that its a step forward to our goal.  Yadda Yadda Yadda.

If it were Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee or some real REDneck state I’d say okay maybe you’re right. 


Delaware is and always has been a long time Democrat state.  Is separate but Equal really the best that we can do there?

According to Equality Delaware president Lisa Goodman ““We have families who need protections right now. We decided that our highest goal was to get them these protections.”

Yes that’s true Lisa, but unfortunately you also show the people of Delaware that separate but equal is fine and dandy.  And if Civil Unions are  fine why should they ever make the next step to “gay marriage” only 3 of the now eight states that started with Civil Unions continued on to “gay marriage”

If we keep fighting for baby steps we should all expect FULL EQUALITY in all 50 States by say…. the year 2200 AD.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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