The Delaware chapter of the NAACP has endorsed the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state.

In a video released Friday, Delaware NAACP President Richard Smith said, “Our gay brothers and sisters should have the freedom to marry the person they love, just like the rest of us.”

“Stand with us on the right side of history,” he added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The move is in line with the NAACP's official position released last year.

“Civil marriage equality is a clear cut issue for the NAACP – it's simply about equal protection under the law,” Smith said in an email to The News Journal. “People may have their own personal or religious views on this issue, but that's not what is at issue here. This is a matter of civil marriage not religious marriage.”

Delaware state Rep. Melanie George Smith is expected to introduce a marriage equality bill later this spring. While the measure's prospects in the General Assembly remain uncertain, lawmakers approved a civil unions bill two years ago.