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Petitioning Honorable Mayor Chokwe Lumumba

Mayor Lumumba: Support marriage for same-sex couples by joining Mayors for the Freedom to Marry

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In 35 states including Mississippi, same-sex couples are still denied the freedom to marry. This denies gay and lesbian couples who vote, pay taxes and serve in the military crucial protections for their families. They work hard and pay into the same system as everyone and should have the same freedom to marry that other couples have.

A growing number of Americans agree. Support for the freedom to marry has reached record highs, with 58 percent of voters in favor, according to an ABC News poll released in March. That same poll found that 81% of voters under 30, 71% of moderate voters and 52% of Republican and independent leaning voters under 50 support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

An important part of this growing support is the support from mayors in cities and towns across the country.

Mayors and the cities they represent have long played critical roles in advancing civil rights and treatment for all Americans. This is no less true of the freedom to marry. In each of the states where we have won marriage, support from local elected officials has helped to tip the scales in our favor.

By asking your mayor to join Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, you are helping make the case for why marriage matters to gay and lesbian couples in every state in America.

Letter to
Honorable Mayor Chokwe Lumumba
Marriage is about love, commitment and family. These values are key to our city. That’s why I believe that two people who love each other including gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry.

I’m writing to ask you to show support for marriage for same-sex couples by joining Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be able to share in the love and commitment of marriage.

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry was launched at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in January of 2012 with about 80 Mayors. Today, Mayors for the Freedom to Marry includes nearly 400 mayors representing cities in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Support for the freedom to marry has reached record highs, with 58 percent of voters in favor, according to an ABC News poll released in March. That same poll found that 81% of voters under 30, 71% of moderate voters and 52% of Republican and independent leaning voters under 50 support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

Gays and lesbians vote, pay taxes and serve in the military. They work hard and pay into the same system as everyone and should have the same freedom to marry that other couples. In Jackson, we have residents who are in loving and committed same-sex relationships and are active participants in improving our community.

I believe that these families and our community will be made stronger by gay couples in our city having the freedom to marry.

Please join Mayors for the Freedom to Marry to help ensure that all residents of our city are treated equally. You can join and find more information at freedomtomarry.org/mayors.