Delaware’s medical marijuana program has been extinguished. According to the Delaware News Journal, Governor Jack Markell “has suspended the regulation-writing and licensing process for medical marijuana dispensaries — effectively killing the program.” The decision comes in response to a letter from U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III.
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The new law allowing same-sex civil unions in Delaware and recognizing civil unions performed in other states goes into effect January 1, 2012 after being passed last spring. The law also changes all sections of the Delaware Code that mention marriage by requiring that the word “marriage” be read to mean “marriage or civil union.”
Beginning January 1, 2012, Delaware will allow same-sex civil unions and also will recognize similar unions performed in other states. Yesterday, the Delaware House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 30, a bill that establishes and recognizes same-sex civil unions while also requiring that the word “marriage” where it appears in the Delaware Code be interpreted to mean “marriage or civil union.”
Delaware voters soundly rejected the candidacy of Christine (“I am not a witch”) O’Donnell. Indeed, her campaign clearly energized the state’s democratic base, sweeping into office her opponent Chris Coons and Democratic candidates all the way down the ticket. This “blue wave” also enabled former Lt. Governor John Carney to win the race for Delaware’s sole U.S. House seat, formerly held by moderate Republican Mike Castle. Carney’s win represented a rare Democratic pickup in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell has signed an executive order that broadens the scope of discrimination protection in state government workplaces. Specifically, the order prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression and extends discrimination protection to all military veterans (instead of just Vietnam War veterans).
While discussing the executive order and his administration’s commitment to equality, Markell noted, “Discrimination in any form is wrong, and I will not stand for it as governor.” He further added, “I am proud to issue this executive order. It sends a clear signal that Delaware’s state government does not tolerate discrimination and is serious about fostering an inclusive working environment. Delaware’s state government must reflect the rich diversity of the citizens it serves.”