Governor Jack Markell signed the same-sex civil union bill into law Wednesday night. Delaware has become the eighth state to allow civil unions or domestic partnerships for gays in the U.S.
The Associated Press reports:
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has signed a bill into law that gives same-sex couples legal protections and recognition beginning in 2012.
It makes Delaware the eighth state to allow civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.
The Democratic governor signed the civil unions bill Wednesday night before a cheering crowd of more than 600 at The Queen theater Wilmington.
The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.
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