CHAPTER 375

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 503

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO MARRIAGE.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend § 101(a), Chapter I, Title 13, Delaware Code, by striking the word "or" as it appears after the word "nephew" and before the word "first" and by adding after the word "cousin" the following:

"or between persons of the same gender.

Section 2. Amend § 101, Chapter 1, Title 13 Delaware Code by adding a new subsection to read as follows:

"(d) A marriage obtained or recognized outside the State of Delaware between persons prohibited by subsection (a) of this Section shall not constitute a legal or valid marriage within the State of Delaware."

Section 3. The provisions of this Act are to be liberally construed to effectuate the policies and purposes of this Act. In the event of conflict between this Act and any other provision of law, the provisions of this Act shall govern.

Section 4. If any provision of this Act or the application thereof to any person is held invalid, such invalidity shall not effect other provisions or applications of the Act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to that end the provisions of this Act are declared to be severable.

Approved June 21, 1996