First day of gay marriage in Delaware

Same-sex partners in Delaware can now legally wed.

Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill approving gay marriage in the state into law in May, and the law goes into effect today.

In New Castle County, state Sen. Karen Peterson and Vikki Brandy became the first legally married same-sex couple in the state, signing their marriage certificate this morning, according to the Wilmington News Journal.

Protesters, including those from the Westboro Baptist Church, were demonstrating in Wilmington and were also planning to picket in Dover, the News Journal reports.

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have approved same-sex marriage. A Supreme Court ruling last week cleared the way for same-sex weddings to resume in California. The high court also ruled that a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act denying benefits to gay couples was unconstitutional.

Delaware previously recognized civil unions for same-sex couples; those unions will be converted to marriages.

Gay couples can enter civil unions in New Jersey. Neither civil unions nor marriage are permitted for gay couples in Pennsylvania.

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