Wilmington City Council President Theo Gregory Announces His Support for Marriage Equality

Posted on  04/09/2013 12:15 pm

Wilmington City Council President Theo Gregory said today he supports the effort in Delaware to allow for marriage equality and urged the General Assembly to approve a marriage equality bill this session. Gregory today thanked the NAACP Delaware Chapter, Equality Delaware, Governor Jack Markell, Lt. Governor Matt Denn, Members of the Delaware General Assembly, Attorney General Beau Biden, the State’s Congressional Delegation and the many others who have expressed their support for this issue.

The Council President said marriage equality is an important opportunity to further the equal rights mission that he and thousands of others in Delaware and throughout the nation have supported through their lifetimes. Gregory said this matter of equality should be enacted because it will benefit many individuals, children and families throughout the City and State by providing additional social and financial security and stability without affecting anyone’s right to think, feel, speak or worship as they choose.

“I, like many people, needed time to ask questions and understand this issue and to learn how same sex marriage would affect people, both straight and gay, throughout our City and State,” said the Council President. “I have concluded, as I think any objective and caring person should, that giving two people of the same sex the opportunity to be married furthers the important mission of providing equal rights for all. I have also concluded that marriage equality will not force anyone to change their personal beliefs or their religious principles should they choose not to support this concept. I am proud to stand with the majority of Americans and Delawareans who know that marriage equality is the right thing to do and the right thing to support. I urge our City delegation to the General Assembly to join with their colleagues in bringing Delaware further in line with the principles of freedom, respect, equality and inclusion by approving marriage equality. I also urge Wilmingtonians to contact their legislators and express their support for equal rights and marriage equality.”