It has no legal weight, but Delaware Governor Jack Markell issued a proclamation in advance of Darwin Day (on Charles Darwin‘s birthday) recognizing his accomplishments:
Whereas, Charles Darwin is recognized for the development of the Theory of Evolution; and
Whereas, Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is the foundation of modern biology, an essential tool in understanding the development of life on earth; and
Whereas, the anniversary of Darwin’s birthday is a time to reflect and celebrate the importance of his scientific achievements; and
Whereas, the State of Delaware is proud of its commitment to scientific research;
Now, Therefore, I, Jac A. Markell, Governor do hereby declare February 12th, 2015 CHARLES DARWIN DAYto be “Charles Darwin Day” in the State of Delaware for all of his achievements in the field of science.
Fantastic! And so simple to do — all it took was a simple request.
There’s no reason other governors can’t do the same thing. In fact, if you’d like information on how to make it happen in your state, you can reach out to Serah Blain, who will guide you through the process.
Credit for making this particular proclamation happen goes to Chuck Dyke of the Delaware Atheist Meetup group.