Young Conaway Lawyer Leads State Organization To Marriage Equality Victory

May 8, 2013Press Release


 Delaware became the 11th state in the nation to recognize same-sex marriage, thanks in part to Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP’s Lisa B. Goodman, a partner in the firm’s Commercial Real Estate, Banking and Land Use section, and President of Equality Delaware. Ms. Goodman led the effort to have the landmark legislation, that gives committed gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry, signed into law by Governor Jack Markell.

“I am so honored that as a Young Conaway attorney I was able to devote the time necessary to lead an organization that works to recognize that treating everyone fairly under the law is the right thing to do,” said Goodman. “This was a multi-year process, and I could never have had the freedom to do this important work without the support of my partners.”

Equality Delaware drafted the historic legislation that, starting July 1, permits same-sex couples to marry, converts existing civil unions to marriages, and recognizes most same-sex unions established in other states as marriages under Delaware law.

“Lisa’s leadership in getting this historic legislation passed makes Delaware an even better place to live and work,” said James L. Patton, Jr., Chairman of Young Conaway. “We are immensely proud that this important effort has been led by a member of our firm.”

Delaware joins Rhode Island, neighboring Maryland and the nearby District of Columbia as jurisdictions that have approved gay marriage.

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, one of Delaware's largest law firms, counsels and represents national, international and local clients, handling sophisticated advisory and litigation matters. The firm’s headquarters are located in downtown Wilmington, DE.