‘First State’ becomes 11th tolegalize same-sex marriage
By MICHAEL K. LAVERSmlavers@washblade.com
Delaware this week joined 10 other states andWashington, D.C. in legalizing same-sex marriage,continuing a string of victories for marriageadvocates that began in November.The Delaware Senate on Tuesday narrowlyapproved a bill that will allow same-sex marriage inthe First State. The 12-9 vote came more than threehours after lawmakers began to hear testimonyfrom House Bill 75 supporters and opponents.Sen. Karen Peterson (D-Stanton) came out as alesbian while speaking in support of House Bill 75.“We are not seeking to redeﬁne marriage,” shesaid, noting she and her partner of more than 20years entered into a civil union once the state’s civilunions law took effect in January 2012. “We areseeking to expand the deﬁnition of marriage just asthe Supreme Court did in the Loving v. Virginia case.”Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins(D-Elsmere,) Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose
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Lifelong D.C. resident’s death promptsactivists to assess city services
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
transgender activists Earline Budd and Toni Collins,
Mims of the local social services group RAP, Inc.each took steps to help him at a time of need.But to their shock and dismay, Maurice “Twan”Coplin, a 62-year-old gay man, took his own lifeon April 7, 10 days after being evicted from theColumbia Heights apartment that had been hishome for more than 10 years.
Wins keep coming oneyear after Obama saidhe backs marriage equality.
signs the state’s marriage equality bill into law earlier this week.
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Local drag queenspay tribute to their‘other mothers.’
Gay senior commitssuicide after eviction
Delaware is latest down the aisle