Delaware’s Sole Congressman John Carney Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Delaware's only Congressman John Carney Jr. (D) came out for marriage equality in a statement on his website yesterday.

Writes Carney:

“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.”

A marriage equality bill is expected to be introduced there sometime this year.

(via zack ford)


  1. Francis says

    Funny how it takes politicians who said they have supported marriage equality until basically being pressured into it/seeing the societal momentum of speaking out for it, to actually come out and say it.

    Not complaining, though.

  2. MaryM says

    Why is Towleroad is belittling the action of coming out of the closet by claiming these slimy politicians are ‘coming out’for marriage equality.

    Coming out is an act of courage.

    Supporting equality is not an act of courage – it is merely an acknowledgement that you are a reasonable human being.

    John Carney is making zero personal risk by supporting equality.

    Why is Towleroad trivialising the process of coming our by pretending Carney is doing something comparable.

  3. bandanajack says

    on the other hand, as someone who has come out thousands of times over the past 50 of my 70 years, love it when timid politicians finally “come out” for marriage equality, or “come out” as a glbt ally. it can be very wrenching in family circles and a bit risky in political circles and from what i have seen, most who make the journey take a deep breath and jump off as if it were a cliff, instead of a curbstone, and that is still coming out to me…

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