Advisory: Bipartisan Coalition to Launch Mayors for the Freedom to Marry



Jackie Yodashkin
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, will launch Mayors for the Freedom to Marry at a press conference during the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., on January 20. 80 Republican, Democrat and Independent mayors from cities across the country have pledged to support gay and lesbian couples’ freedom to marry. By joining the group, mayors hope to expand public and political support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.
The broad-based coalition of mayors includes Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and is chaired by mayors Jerry Sanders of San Diego, Thomas Menino of Boston, Michael Bloomberg of New York, Annise Parker of Houston, and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. 
Date:              Friday, January 20, 2012 
    10:00 a.m. ET
Location       Capital Hilton Hotel
    2nd Floor Foyer outside Presidential Ballroom
    1001 16th Street NW
   Washington, D.C.
Participants:   Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles
                        Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York
    Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston
    Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma
    Mayor Annise Parker of Houston
    Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego
   Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry 
   Tom Cochran, U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director 
Journalists who are uable to make it in person will be able to conference in by phone. Those interested in dialing into the press conference by phone should please contact Angela Dallara at 646-430-3925 for conference line information. 
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.