For Immediate Release
Wilmington, Delaware: April 1, 2013
Today, Congressman John Carney issued a statement on marriage equality. The full text of the statement is below:
“I’ve supported Delaware’s journey toward marriage equality because I believe the law should recognize the committed relationships of same-sex couples. As a Catholic and as an elected official, I’ve been dedicated to striking the balance between honoring the religious sacrament of marriage, while allowing same-sex couples to enjoy legal recognition of their committed relationships.
“That’s why -- starting as Lieutenant Governor -- I supported civil unions, culminating with the passage of Delaware’s civil union law in 2011. And that’s why I support marriage equality in Delaware.
“I continue to respect and support the rights of religious institutions to define marriage in accordance with the tenets of their faith. However, I do not believe it is right for the government to treat couples differently based on their sexual orientation. Marriage equality will ensure that same-sex couples in Delaware receive the same treatment under the law.
“For over a generation, we as a society have honored the truth that separate is not equal. On the surface, this may just sound like a debate about words. But marriage is also symbolic -- it gives honor to a lifelong partnership in a way that civil unions do not. This June, I will be married 20 years. I know that marriage is about commitment, love, and mutual respect.
“All Delawareans should have the privilege of participating in this institution.”
“We are so proud that Congressman Carney has affirmed his support for marriage equality,” said Lisa Goodman, President of Equality Delaware. “John Carney’s belief that our government should treat all loving couples equally is totally consistent with his well-deserved reputation as a man of integrity and fairness.”
For more information contact Lisa Goodman at 302-743-7777