Delaware Gay Marriage: State senate clears way for First State to become 11th state to allow gays to marry.

Delaware Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage

Delaware Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage

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May 7 2013 5:26 PM

Delaware Lawmakers Vote to Make State the 11th to Legalize Gay Marriage

Delaware lawmakers cleared the way for the state to become the 11th in the nation to allow gays and lesbians to wed

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Delaware lawmakers on Tuesday signed off on a bill that will make the state the 11th in the nation to allow gays and lesbians to walk down the aisle. The News Journal:

The gay marriage bill has passed the Senate this afternoon with a vote of 12-9. Gov. Jack Markell has said he would sign the bill. The bill passed the House on a close vote April 23. The bill passed 23-18, receiving two more votes than were required for passage.

Once it becomes official, the First State will join 10 others that have already legalized same sex marriage: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Iowa, Maryland, New York, and Washington state, along with the District of Columbia.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.