Delaware State Senator Karen Peterson and Vikki Bandy married on Monday, making them the first couple to take advantage of a gay marriage law taking effect on July 1.

Peterson and Bandy converted their civil union into a marriage at the New Castle County Clerk of the Peace's office in Wilmington on Monday morning.

“It's exciting, both historically and personally,” Peterson told reporters after the ceremony. “I never thought in our lifetimes we would be getting married.”

Peterson, a Democrat, publicly came out gay last month on the Senate floor as members debated the marriage bill.

“No one chose to be gay,” she told colleagues. “We are what God made us. We don't need to be fixed. We aren't broken.”

“My partner Vicki and I have been together for 24 years. Last year, we entered into a civil union.”

“If my happiness somehow demeans or diminishes your marriage, you need to work on your marriage,” she added.

Two additional couples are expected to marry on Monday: Chris Beagle and Eric Engelhart; Joseph Daigle II and Daniel Cole. Others applying for licenses today will have to wait for a mandatory 24-hour waiting period to expire before exchanging vows.