Karen E. Peterson

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Karen Peterson
Member of the Delaware Senate
from the 9th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2002
Preceded by Thomas B. Sharp
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Vikki Bandy
Residence Stanton, Delaware

Karen Peterson is an American politician, currently serving in the Delaware General Assembly as a State Senator. First elected in 2002, she is a member of the Democratic Party.

On May 7, 2013, Peterson came out as lesbian during Senate debate on same-sex marriage in Delaware, becoming the state's first openly LGBT legislator.[1] At that time, she had been with her partner Vikki Bandy for 24 years, and the two had entered a civil union when Delaware legalized them the year before.[2] The two were married on July 1, 2013, becoming the first same-sex couple to be married in Delaware.[3]

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