DFPC leader Nicole Theis calls on legislators to not politicize marriage and stick with civil unions


Dover, DE—Marriage, a unique union of a man and woman, is one of our most basic human relationships. Government didn’t invent marriage, which has been upheld all throughout history, cultures, and faiths. It transcends every political system and its rights come from nature and nature’s God, not the government.

Advocates for redefining marriage maintain that “evolving” or the “golden rule” are the reasons to throw away decades of the time-tested stability and institution of marriage as the reason to readdress this issue in Delaware.

Marriage has become a political football that many legislators are tossing around and hoping to get it right. Delaware already found a solution that treats people equally – and leaves them free to live and love as they choose- without redefining marriage. Civil Unions.

Just 15 months ago, Delaware passed civil unions which provides rights and benefits to same-sex couples and is the most comprehensive civil union law in the nation; and mirrors the marriage law.

During the civil union debates in both the House and Senate, the main advocacy group pushing to redefine marriage is quoted as saying that civil unions would not be a precursor to marriage. Fairness and equality were the stated reasons for passing civil union legislation. Now only 15 months later it’s not enough!

The fundamental argument is being heard again in Delaware surpassing other pressing legislative issues in our state and readdressing an issue that already has a solution in Delaware.

Redefining Marriage converts marriage from an institution centered on the needs of children to an institution focused on the desire of adults. The arguments used to defend same-sex marriage work just as well for defending any voluntary relationship imaginable.

Marriage is based on the truth that men and women are complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the reality that children need a mother and a father. Redefining marriage does not simply expand the existing understanding of marriage; it rejects these truths.

Delaware Family Policy Council (DFPC) engages citizens in defending and advocating for public policy that promotes the values of life, marriage, family, and religious liberty.

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