Freedom to Marry Praises Mayors’ Support in Supreme Court Brief Filed Against DOMA

2/27/2013

For Immediate Release

Press Contact:
Angela Dallara
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry
angela@freedomtomarry.org
646-430-3925

Washington, DC – Freedom to Marry praised the U.S. Conference of Mayors today for joining nearly 300 businesses, as well as individual mayors and trade associations, on an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court case Windsor v. United States. The brief argues for an end to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which undermines businesses’ efforts to treat their employees equally.

Evan Wolfson, president and founder of Freedom to Marry, said: “Uniting with businesses from Adobe to Xerox in standing against DOMA, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has shown the true American spirit of equality and fairness today. Mayors know well that marriage and family are the cornerstone of strong communities, and that a federal law that discriminates against marriages violates the Constitution and has got to go. Freedom to Marry is especially proud of its close partnership with the U.S. Conference in building and growing Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, which now numbers more than 300 from 32 states in every part of the country."

Mayor Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia, who is the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and an active member of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, said: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors is proud to sign on to this brief. Mayors want their citizens and business to prosper, and that means supporting them against discrimination – from any level of government. Married means married, and mayors and businesses agree that DOMA can’t stand.”

Launched in January 2012, Mayors for the Freedom to Marry is a bipartisan coalition of more than 300 mayors who pledge to support the freedom to marry. The coalition is chaired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston, Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, and Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles.

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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.