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Delaware ready to usher in same-sex marriages

Delaware’s same-sex marriage law goes into effect Monday.

Same-sex couples who have married in other states or countries that permit the practice will now be recognized as married in Delaware.

In addition, the state will be issuing new marriage licenses for same-sex couples and converting civil-unions for those who apply.

New Castle County Clerk of the Peace Ken Boulden says his office is expecting to see a number of newlyweds Monday.

“It’s gonna be historic,” said Boulden. “There are going to be over 700 couples that have had civil unions in the last 18 months that are going to be starting the conversion process from civil unions to marriage and there we be a large number of couples coming in to get their marriage license.”

Boulden adds he and his staff are working extra hours over the weekend to prepare for the newlyweds.

“The real challenge for us has been being ready for July 1, not knowing for certain what the Supreme Court decisions were going to be and how they were going to be handed down,” said Boulden.

The fee for a marriage license in Delaware is $50 for residents and $100 dollars for others.

Delaware is one of 13 states along with the District of Columbia to have legalized same-sex marriage. The First State’s same-sex marriage law goes into effect less than a week after Supreme Court’s ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act, which means same-sex couples married in Delaware will be eligible for all federal benefits currently available to straight married couples.