Congratulations Delaware for becoming the 11th state to legalize gay marriage!
Civil Unions Effective May 1, 2013
2. Rhode Island
Gay marriages effective August 1, 2013
Gay marriages effective July 1, 2013
Their gay marriage legislation passed in the state Senate in February 2013. It isn’t clear whether there are enough votes in the state House of Representatives to pass.
Their gay marriage legislation has passed in the relevant committees in the House and Senate, and now move to the full House and Senate for consideration. A bill authorizing civil unions has also been introduced.
The state Senate passed a resolution to begin the long process of reversing the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
7. New Jersey
The state legislature passed marriage equality legislation last year, which Governor Chris Christie vetoed. Governor Christie wants gay marriage to be placed on the ballot in a referendum for New Jersey voters to decide. Recent polls indicate that a ballot measure would pass.
Oregon voters banned gay marriage in 2004, and there is a movement to reverse the ban with a ballot initiative in 2014.
State Representative Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia) introduced House Bill 1178 which would authorize civil unions. "Civil unions represent the middle-of-the-road compromise position between constitutionally banning and permitting gay marriages and have been embraced by both advocates for LGBT rights and a growing number of conservatives," Cohen said.
With just 3 weeks left in the state of Texas’ legislative session, the marriage equality legislation appears dead in the water.