Democratic governor in Del. supports gay marriage

By the Associated Press | March 2, 2012 | 5:35 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jack Markell says he supports legalizing gay marriage in Delaware.

Markell's spokeswoman Cathy Rossi said Friday that he supports gay marriage, although he believes the state should focus on implementing a same-sex civil union law that took effect in January.

Opponents of the civil union legislation in Delaware argued last year that it was a prelude to establishing same-sex marriage, But there are no current proposals in the legislature to do so.

Maryland's governor signed a bill Thursday legalizing gay marriage in that state.