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Delaware Becomes 11th State to Legalize Gay Marriage

11delaware-same-sex-marriage-4_3_r536_c534Anybody got some butter ’cause we’re on a roll. Delaware has become the 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage, just a week after Rhode Island sewed up New England for its freedom-loving freely-loving gay population.

The Delaware state Senate today approved the gay marriage bill 12-9 after a three hour debate. Though the bill doesn’t offer same-sex couples any more rights or laws they currently have under civil unions, the victory is mostly symbolic.

“This milestone sends yet another message to the Supreme Court that it’s time for marriage for all Americans,” Freedom to Marry  national campaign director Marc Solomon said in a statement. “Freedom to Marry is proud of its work with Equality Delaware to secure this victory, and we look forward to surging forward and continuing the momentum in Illinois and Minnesota later this month.”

Wasting no time, Gov. Jack Markell, who quickly signed the bill it into law as soon as it came across his desk this afternoon. The law becomes effective July 1.