Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Hits Record 300, Aims to Grow
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry
Washington, DC -- Today Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based, nonpartisan group of mayors convened just over a year ago by Freedom to Marry to make the case for ending marriage discrimination, hit 300 mayors from 32 states and the District of Columbia, nearly quadrupling in size since its launch.
The 300th mayor to sign on is Denny Doyle of Beaverton, Oregon. “Beaverton is a diverse, welcoming community that respects and supports marriage equality,” said Doyle. “What a wonderful valentine to send from Beaverton!” Doyle’s announcement comes just days after Oregon United for Marriage began a drive to collect signatures for a 2014 ballot initiative to overturn the state’s constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples – one of Freedom to Marry’s top priorities.
“It’s truly inspiring to see Mayors for the Freedom to Marry grow as so many of our cities’ leaders come together to make the case for marriage as good for the families, businesses, and communities they know and serve,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry. “Mayors are in a unique position to make the case for marriage, and are accessible and responsive to the constituents and communities they serve, making them super-strong advocates for ending marriage discrimination and helping state and federal lawmakers and judges do the right thing. Freedom to Marry is proud of the way in which the mayors’ leadership has encouraged people across the country to take action to help enlist their own mayors in the cause.”
Among the many notable Mayors for the Freedom to Marry are Kasim Reed of Atlanta, who previously opposed marriage for same-sex couples; Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, the 2012 chair of the Democratic National Convention; Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, the chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; and openly lesbian Mayor Annise Parker of Houston. The Mayors for the Freedom to Marry range from geographically diverse cities both large and small, in states with the freedom to marry, states that are considering marriage legislation this year, and states without any relationship recognition for same-sex couples.
Mayors for the Freedom to Marry celebrated its one-year anniversary with a reception during the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January. Marriage supporters can encourage their own mayors to join Mayors for the Freedom to Marry by sending and asking them to sign the official pledge.
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.