Karen Peterson, Delaware Lawmaker, To Get Married In State's First Same-Sex Wedding

Dem Lawmaker To Be Wed In State's First Same-Sex Marriage
Delaware Legislative Hall, Dover, Delaware, USA
Delaware Legislative Hall, Dover, Delaware, USA

A Democratic lawmaker and her partner are set to wed in Delaware's first same-sex marriage on July 1, less than two months after the state legislature voted to legalize gay marriage.

NBC10 reports that Delaware state Sen. Karen Peterson and Victoria Bandy, her partner of 24 years, will be the first gay couple to be married in the state. The couple will be wed at the New Castle County Clerk of the Peace in Wilmington.

"It just validates our relationship, and that's the most important part of it: In the eyes of society, it gets validated," Peterson said.

Peterson, who cosponsored the state's gay marriage bill, sparked headlines last month when she came out as gay during debate on the measure in the state legislature.

“No one chose to be gay,” Peterson said, speaking publicly about her relationship with Bandy for the first time. “We are what God made us. We don't need to be fixed. We aren't broken.”

The state Senate passed the measure later that day. The bill was later signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell (D).

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