Lisa Goodman of Equality Delaware and her partner will be the first couple to enter a civil union in Delaware on New Year's Day, the AP reported.

The state's first law to recognize the unions of gay and lesbian couples takes effect at 10AM on January 1, 2012. However, government offices are scheduled to be closed on January 1 and on January 2 for the New Year holiday.

New Castle County Clerk of the Peace Ken Boulden has announced he'll open Sunday, January 1 to issue licenses by appointment only. But he won't perform civil unions ceremonies in his office until January 5.

Goodman, whose group led the fight for the civil unions law, and her partner of 14 years, Drewry Fennell, head of the state Criminal Justice Council, will obtain their license from Boulden and have their civil union solemnized at the Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Wilmington at noon.

“We'll have lots of family in for the day,” Goodman told the news service.

“It solidifies our life together,” said George Everett, who is planning to tie the knot with his partner of 23 years on January 5. “It just means a lot to us.”

Governor Jack Markell signed the legislation before 600 cheering supporters in May.

(Related: Gay couples to enter civil unions at midnight on New Year's Eve in Hawaii.)