May 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Gay man ends Delaware House campaign

Joe Daigle, gay news, Washington Blade

Joseph Daigle in March filed his paperwork to run for a seat in the Delaware House of Representatives. He announced on May 26, 2016, that he is ending his campaign. (Photo courtesy of Joe Daigle)

A gay man announced on Thursday that he has ended his campaign for a seat in the Delaware House of Representatives.

Joseph Daigle said in a press release that he withdrew from the race to represent the state’s 7th Representative District after state Rep. Bryon Short (D-Newark) ended his campaign for Congress in order to run for another term.

“I ran for state representative to serve my community and create a better future for all of Delaware’s families,” said Daigle. “This is the same reason the 7th District’s current state representative ran for Congress. However, Rep. Bryon Short has withdrawn from his congressional race to run for another term as our state representative — the 7th RD Committee, including myself, have endorsed his re-election. I didn’t run to primary my friend Bryon Short, who has done a fine job, so I am withdrawing my candidacy.”

Daigle, who lives in North Wilmington, officially kicked off his campaign in March.

He and his husband, Dan Cole, are the first same-sex couple who had not previously entered into a civil union to legally marry in the state. Then-Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden was among those who spoke at their July 1, 2013, wedding, which took place in Wilmington on the same day the state’s same-sex marriage law took effect.

Daigle, 27, would have been the first openly LGBT person elected to the Delaware House if he were to have won in November. State Sen. Karen Peterson (D-Stanton) came out in 2013 as she spoke in support of the same-sex marriage bill before it passed in the Delaware Senate.

“My husband and I look forward to a well-deserved little break, but we will stay as involved as ever,” said Daigle in his press release. “Many great things begin as a little seed, and so we look forward to digging in even further with our community advocacy, working on our garden, and continuing home renovations.”

“We will be focused on getting excellent candidates elected to public office, and putting a Democrat in the White House,” he added.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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