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Delaware Getting In on Gay-Marriage Trend

Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage as it considers arguments that it should make history and extend equal rights to same-sex couples. Waving US and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay marriage supporters braved the cold to rally outside the court along with a smaller group of opponents, some pushing strollers. Some slept outside in hopes of witnessing the historic hearing.
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Following Rhode Island, Delaware will become the eleventh state to legalize same-sex marriage after its state Senate voted 12-9 today in favor of marriage equality. In hours of debate, two lawmakers about summed it up: “If my happiness somehow demeans or diminishes your marriage, you need to work on your marriage,” said Senator Karen Peterson, who came out publicly as a lesbian for the first time. Senator Robert Venables, an opponent of the bill, said, “Things have moved a lot faster than anyone expected. I’m having problems with my own self. So far, I’ve not evolved. I wonder what’s wrong with me.”

Delaware Passes Gay Marriage