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Delaware celebrates first same-sex civil unions

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Two women became the first couple in Delaware joined in a same-sex, civil-union ceremony during a stirring and historic service at their Wilmington church Sunday afternoon.

At Trinity Episcopal Church, fellow Delaware attorneys, as well as judges, legislators, friends and family members witnessed the tearful vows exchanged by Lisa B. Goodman and Drewry Fennell -- advocates who for years fought for anti-discrimination laws and state recognition of same-sex relationships.

"By the power vested in me by the state of Delaware, I pronounce that their lives are joined in civil union," said the Rev. Patricia S. Downing, parish rector. "Those whom God has joined together, let no one put asunder."

The assembled crowd of 430 people stood and applauded.

A friend of the couple, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., delivered the sermon. Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and state Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden each read from the Bible.

The wedding party -- composed of the couple's four children, ages 12 to 26 -- stood with them at the altar.

"Today begins a new chapter -- not just for Drew and Lisa, but for Delaware," Coons said.

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