Republican Mayor to Chair Mayors for the Freedom to Marry


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New York – Today Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer of San Diego became a chair of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, joining fellow chairs Kasim Reed of Atlanta; Julián Castro of San Antonio; Michael Nutter of Philadelphia; Annise Parker of Houston; Greg Stanton of Phoenix; and Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles.

“I am a strong supporter of marriage equality,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “I came to my decision after speaking with my fellow San Diegans about the importance of ensuring that everyone in love has access to the respect, dignity and protections offered by marriage. I value freedom, family, and individual liberty, and I'm proud to join Mayors for the Freedom to Marry to continue making the case for marriage nationwide."

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry launched two years ago and consists of nearly 400 mayors from 38 states across America who are making the case for marriage in their cities.

“The values of freedom and family invoked by Mayor Faulconer in support of the freedom to marry are the values more and more Republicans are embracing as they move toward support as well,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. “Mayors have a crucial role in advancing the well-being of the families, businesses, and communities that they serve, including gay and lesbian Americans who want to take care of their family and make a lifelong commitment to the person they love.”

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry yesterday released a memo outlining the rapid growth of Republican support for marriage across America.

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.