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Same-sex couple marry in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. — A state senator and her partner on Monday became the first same-sex couple to be legally wed in Delaware.

Senator Karen Peterson and her longtime partner, Vikki Bandy, both 63, exchanged vows in a morning ceremony.

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After the ceremony, other same-sex couples lined up to get their marriage licenses on the day Delaware’s new gay marriage law took effect.

Delaware in May became the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage when Democratic Governor Jack Markell signed a gay marriage bill into law just minutes after its passage in the Legislature.

The bill was introduced in the Democrat-controlled Legislature barely a year after the state began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

In Michigan, a federal judge signaled Monday that a trial is possible to determine whether Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is constitutional, nearly nine years after voters approved it by a wide margin.

US District Judge Bernard Friedman refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by nurses Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, who are challenging a law that bars them from adopting each other’s children as well as a 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage only as between a man and a woman.

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