Female couples are getting more civil unions unions than male couples through the first quarter according to New Castle County’s Clerk of the Peace.
Ken Boulden says he’s been surprised by the number of couples, both men and women, who have taken advantage of Delaware’s civil union law, which went into effect on January 1. “I was anticipating about one license per business day, or about 20 a month,” Boulden says. “That would have been 60 for the first quarter. We topped that by more than 40 licenses.”
Boulden says he based his predictions on interest in other jurisdictions where civil unions have been legalized.
Through the first three months of the year, Boulden’s office has issued 102 civil union licenses. 65 of those went to female couples, and 37 were for male couples.