Delaware governor says gay marriage is "inevitable" in his state

NEW YORK Fri Mar 2, 2012 12:01pm EST

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gay marriage in Delaware is inevitable, the state's Governor Jack Markell said on Friday, a day after neighboring Maryland became the eighth state to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.

In an interview with Reuters Insider TV, Markell, a Democrat, said he expects that Delaware will take up same-sex marriage legislation "probably within the next few years."

Delaware began allowing civil unions -- an institution set up to give the same rights as civil marriage, while reserving marriage for heterosexual couples -- last year.

Markell noted that until three years ago it was legal in Delaware "to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation," and said the state was moving towards greater acceptance of homosexuality.

"I think it's inevitable," he said of gay marriage.

Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and the District of Columbia currently allow same-sex nuptials. Earlier this year, the New Jersey state legislature voted to allow gay marriage, but the measure was vetoed by Republican Governor Chris Christie.

Washington state will join the list of states with same-sex marriage in June unless opponents stop it ahead of a possible ballot initiative, and Maryland will be added in January 2013 unless its law, too, is overturned by a threatened referendum in November.

(Reporting by Fred Katayama and Edith Honan; Additional reporting by Alice Popovici; editing by Dan Burns)

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JamVee wrote:
I think it is “inevitable” in every state, and soon, in every country.

I’m a lifelong Republican, and I believe that the harder the far right conservatives fight it, the more they will be seen, by history, as believing the world is flat. My party should back off of this stance, and stick to the real issues, Government Debt, Jobs and the Economy. Otherwise they will just alienate more voters.

Mar 02, 2012 1:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cornetmusich wrote:
You’re right Giv. Onward to full civil and marriage equality rights now. Period. Case closed.
Cheers, Joe Mustich, CT USA, Justice of the Peace.

Mar 03, 2012 7:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
ldfrmc wrote:
So, gays should get a learner’s permit, before getting a marriage license for the next ‘few years,’ Governor?

Believe me, we’ve been driving as long as anyone else and WE have learned from the mistakes of of others. We don’t get married because we “have to.” We do have children because we “want to.” And we do honor marriage as a lifelong commitment in the face of lots of adversity.

Governor has lost sight of what traditional marriage can be.

Mar 03, 2012 12:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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