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Two parrots, one seeming to embrace the otherGetting married in Delaware?

See Clerk of the Peace marriage information for New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County.

Two bananas joined at the stemChanging your surname 

A surname change may be made in conjunction with your marriage, instead of applying to the Court of Common Pleas. According to Lambda Legal's and Equality Delaware's Delaware Marriage Law FAQ:

Yes, but it requires several steps. You should obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the office of your Clerk of the Peace. Using this document, you can apply to government agencies and businesses to update your records with your new name. The Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles requires that individuals seeking a new name on their driver’s license first change their name with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Bring a copy of your marriage certificate to your local SSA office in order to update your name.

Two dumbbells, one nesting in the otherDelaware marriage equality: Who voted how?

Delaware lawmakers re H.B. 75, the Civil Marriage Equality and Religious Protection Act of 2013
Right Side of History Wrong Side of History

Democratic Representatives Barbieri, Baumbach, Bennett, Bolden, Brady, Heffernan, J. Johnson, Q. Johnson, Keeley, Kowalko, Longhurst, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Schwartzkopf, Scott, B. Short, Smith, Viola, Walker, D. Williams and K. Williams


Republican Representative Ramone


Democratic Senators Blevins, Bushweller, Hall-Long, Henry, Marshall, McBride, McDowell, Peterson, Poore, Sokola and Townsend


Republican Senator Cloutier

Democratic Representatives Atkins, Carson, Jacques, Paradee and Potter


Republican Representatives Blakey, King, Dukes, Gray, Hudson, Kenton, Miro, Outten, Peterman, D. Short, Smyk, Spiegelman and Wilson


Democratic Senators Ennis and Venables*


Republican Senators Bonini, Hocker, Lavelle, Lawson, Lopez, Pettyjohn and Simpson

*Sen. Robert Venables, one of the key opponents of the bill, said, “Things have moved a lot faster than anyone expected. I’m having problems with my own self. So far, I’ve not evolved. I wonder what’s wrong with me." Indeed.

Two pine treesThe Loving Decision

On January 6, 1959, Mildred and Richard Loving, an African-American woman and a white man who had been married in Washington, D.C., and then returned to Virginia, were sentenced to one year in jail with a 25-year suspended sentence.

They challenged the law prohibiting interracial marriage. The case went to the Supreme Court, which, in 1967 overturned the Virginia law and determined that the right to marry is a civil right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

In 2007, the 40th anniversary of the decision, Mildred Loving came out in unqualified support of same-gender marriage. Read the details of their experience and her support.

And then there was Obergefell, June 26, 2015!

Two rabbitsWhat the Bible really says about marriage

1.  Marriage shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women (Gen. 29: 17-28; II Sam. 3: 2-5).

2.  Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in
addition to his wife or wives (II Sam. 5: 13; I Kings 11: 3; II Chron. 11: 21).

3.  A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin.  If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed (Deut. 22: 13-21).

4.  Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden (Gen. 24: 3; Num. 25: 1-9; Ezra 9: 12; Neh. 10: 30).

5.  Since marriage is for life, divorce shall not be permitted (Deut 22: 19; Mark 10: 9).

6.  If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow.  If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law (Gen. 38: 6-10; Deut. 25: 5-10).

This should clear up all the confusion around what the Bible teaches about marriage.

Adapted; compiler unknown.

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