Delaware governor signs civil unions bill

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell today signed legislation that makes Delaware the eighth state to allow civil unions or comprehensive domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Statement by National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey:

The governor’s signature on this legislation moves same-sex couples in Delaware closer to equality. It will help ensure loving, committed couples have access to important rights, protections and security currently afforded other families. Let’s be clear, it is not a substitute for full legal marriage, but it provides fundamental security for same-sex couples that will allow them to take care of each other and their families. This is reason to celebrate. We congratulate Equality Delaware on this victory and the many fair-minded people who advocated and fought for this bill. We thank the governor and legislators who supported this effort. This new law will have a very meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of Delaware families.