Delaware was one of the original Thirteen Colonies and is known as
the "First State", officially referring to the fact that it was the first to ratify
the United States Constitution.
Delaware is the second-smallest state in the United States, Rhode Island being
the smallest. Delaware is bounded to the north by Pennsylvania, to the east by
the Delaware River, New Jersey and the Atlantic Ocean and to the west and south by Maryland.
Delaware Gay Issues:
1996 – Anti-same-sex marriage statute banned marriage for same-sex couples
Has domestic violence laws that explicitly exclude same-sex survivors of domestic violence
Delaware has no sodomy laws.
Second-Parent Adoption For Gays And Lesbians
Trial courts have granted second-parent adoptions
Sexually Oriented Hate Crimes
Has hate crime laws that include crimes based in sexual orientation