250 U.S. mayors support the freedom to marry
Jul 09, 2012 at 04:00 pm
Six months ago, Freedom to Marry launched Mayors for the Freedom to Marry to encourage mayors to speak out on why marriage matters to same-sex couples. Now, over 250 mayors across the country have signed onto the campaign, representing a huge success for our federal program.
This coalition of thought leaders in a diverse array of cities and towns in the United States, is a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be able to share in the love and commitment of marriage. Thanks to the leadership of our chairs - New York City's Michael Bloomberg, Boston's Thomas Menino, Houston's Annise Parker, San Diego's Jerry Sanders, and Los Angeles' Antonio Villaraigosa - dozens of leaders have come together to affirm this message:
We stand for the freedom to marry because it enhances the economic competitiveness of our communities, improves the lives of families that call our cities home, and is simply the right thing to do. We look forward to working to build an America where all people can share in the love and commitment of marriage with the person with whom they share their life.
The success is also a testament to the strength of our federal program, which works every day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to make the case for marriage and encourage lawmakers to come out in support for the freedom to marry.
The complete list of mayors who have signed onto Mayors for the Freedom to Marry is HERE. Represented are mayors from Maryland, Minnesota, Maine, and Washington, which are all facing marriage-related ballot measures in November. Some of the biggest cities in the country - and some of the most rural towns - are represented by this list, and Freedom to Marry is proud to see such broad and overarching support for this important issue of fairness and community justice.