The Delaware state Senate and House of Representatives have voted to legalize civil unions, which Gov. Jack Markell says he will sign.
The measure states, "Parties who enter into a lawful civil union in Delaware will have all of the same rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities as married persons under Delaware law."
Not so fast... While the law is certainly a positive step, it does not allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses, while religious institutions can refuse to "solemnize" such unions. So while it may look good on paper, it remains a baby step in terms of true equality...
Even so, the law makes Delaware the eighth state to legalize civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples, with Cali, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington. A similar bill in Illinois begins June 1, and Hawaii's law takes effect Jan. 1.