Cincinnati Mayor Cranley urges 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule for marriage

Today, one week after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit heard oral arguments in 6 landmark marriage cases, the Mayor of Cincinnati is voicing his support for the freedom to marry, urging the Court to affirm lower court rulings holding that banning same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional.

Mayor John Cranley, mayor of Cincinnati and a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry, said today:

Allowing same-sex couples to marry is a matter of basic fairness and decency. Everyone in Ohio should be free to marry the person they love and be able to care for them by sharing in the same protections as everyone else. Thousands of gay couples in Ohio are raising families, and they should be treated with dignity and respect. The 6th Circuit Court can and should strike down the marriage ban in Ohio as soon as possible.

Last week, the 6th Circuit heard arguments in six marriage cases out of four states - Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee. A ruling is expected this fall. 

Mayor Cranley is one of 18 mayors from across Ohio who are Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Others include Frank Jackson of Cleveland; Michael Coleman of Columbus; Nan Whaley of Dayton; John McNally of Youngstown; Don Plusquellic of Akron; Dennis Wilcox of Cleveland Heights; Gary Norton of East Cleveland; William Healy of Canton; David Berger of Lima; Joe Cicero, Jr. of Lyndhurst; Susan Renda of Moreland Hills; Richard Bain of Pepper Pike; Georgine Welo of South Euclid; David Foubert of Yellow Springs; Sara Drew of Stow; Mike Summers of Lakewood; and Kim Maggard of Whitehall.

Nearly 500 mayors in states across the country are members of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Make sure your mayor supports marriage for all here.

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