Delaware issues civil union licenses at rates faster than expected

The first month of legal civil unions in Delaware resulted in about twice as many licenses as were originally expected.

138 civil union licenses were issued statewide last month while early estimates indicated there would be only 70, according to New Castle County Clerk of the Peace Ken Boulden.  70 licenses were issued in New Castle County, 48 in Sussex County and 20 in Kent County.  “The number of civil union licenses issued statewide over the one-month period far exceeded our expectations,” Boulden said.  “Based on these numbers, Delaware could hit 1,000 civil unions for the year – 400 more than projected.”  Governor Jack Markell signed legislation last May to legalize civil unions between same-sex couples, following passage of the landmark legislation in the Delaware General Assembly.


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