July 10, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Delaware Stonewall Democrats to celebrate 10 years
Delaware, Karen Peterson, Vikki Bandy, Marriage, DOMA, Gay News, Washington Blade

Delaware Stonewall Democrats will honor Sen. Karen Peterson (D-Stanton,) who, along with her long-time partner, Vikki Bandy, on July 1 became the first gay couple to legally marry in Delaware.

The Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats on July 20 will celebrate its 10th anniversary at Mariachi Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.

The group will honor state Sen. Karen Peterson (D-Stanton,) who, along with her long-time partner, Vikki Bandy, on July 1 became the first gay couple to legally marry in the state when Delaware’s same-sex marriage law took effect. U.S. Reps. John Carney (D-Del.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) are also expected to attend the event that is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

“It will commemorate Delaware’s LGBT Democratic organization and the past leaders of the organization and the strides it has made towards full equality since its inception in 2003,” the group said in a press release.

This year, the legislatures of Delaware, Rhode Island and Minnesota joined nine other states and the District of Columbia in extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. Rhode Island and Minnesota will begin issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples on August 1. Days before Delaware, California became the 10th state to marry same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by opponents of same-sex marriage of a lower court ruling throwing out that state’s voter-passed constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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