Cities and their mayors have long played a critical role in advancing civil rights and equal treatment for all Americans. A bipartisan group of over 130 mayors have already pledged to support the freedom of same-sex couples to marry.
Mayors who sign on will employ tailored strategies for making the case for the freedom to marry in their communities. Many mayors who represent cities in states where marriage is not yet a reality will advocate to pass laws to secure the freedom to marry. Others will make the case to their congressional representatives to end federal marriage discrimination by repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). All are making a statement as to why marriage matters in their communities, how it improves the quality of life for their constituents, and how it makes their communities economically stronger.
We are asking mayors from across the country to join Mayors for the Freedom to Marry to help “ build an America where all people can share in the love and commitment of marriage with the person with whom they share their life.”
Pledge your support by calling on mayors across the country to help build an America where all people can share in the love and commitment of marriage.
I proudly stand with residents of large cities and small towns in calling on mayors nationwide to join the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Gay and lesbian people are members of our communities, active participants in civic life, and should be able to marry the person with whom they love.
Studies have shown what we know through our hands-on experience—that cities that celebrate and cultivate diversity are the places where creativity and ideas thrive. They are the places where today’s entrepreneurs are most likely to choose to build the businesses of tomorrow. Allowing same-sex couples the freedom to marry enhances our ability to build this kind of environment, which is good for all of us.
We call on mayors across the country to join us in building an America where all people can share in the love and commitment of marriage.
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