Effective July 1, 2013, an amendment to the Delaware Domestic Relations Act gave same-sex couples the right to marry (DE Code Tit. 13 Sec. 101 et seq.). Under the law, the same rights, benefits, protections, and legal responsibilities apply to married same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples. All state laws applicable to marriage, spouses, or children of married spouses apply equally to same-sex and opposite-sex married couples and their children.
Conversion of existing civil unions. A civil union that had not been converted to a marriage by the couple before July 1, 2014, was automatically converted to a marriage by operation of law. Civil union licenses are no longer available.
The U.S. Supreme Court subsequently issued a decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all states and requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions (Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S.Ct. 2584 (2015)).