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More Than 70 American Mayors Announce Coalition to Support Marriage Equality: FULL LIST, Statement

More than 70 mayors (78 so far, at my count) including Michael Bloomberg of New York City, Thomas Menino of Boston, Annise Parker of Houston, Jerry Sanders of San Diego, and Antonio Villaraigosa of L.A., have formed a coalition with LGBT group Freedom to Marry called 'Mayors for Freedom to Marry' and are announcing their support for marriage equality this morning at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Check the list of mayors who have signed on and see if yours has, AFTER THE JUMP...

MayorsFreedom to Marry has released the statement they all signed:

As mayors of great American cities, we proudly stand together in support of the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. We personally know many gay and lesbian people living in our cities who are in committed, loving relationships, who are active participants in the civic life of our communities, and who deserve to be able to marry the person with whom they share their life.   

We are proud that at its 2009 annual meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously approved a resolution stating that: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports marriage equality for same-sex couples, and the recognition and extension of full equal rights to such unions, including family and medical leave, tax equity, and insurance and retirement benefits, and opposes the enshrinement of discrimination in the federal or state constitutions.”   

Our cities derive great strength from their diversity, and gay and lesbian families are a crucial part. 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 right to marry enhances our ability to build this kind of environment, which is good for all of us.      

We stand for the freedom to marry because it enhances the economic competitiveness of our communities, improves the lives of families that call our cities home, and is simply the right thing to do.  We look forward to working to build an America where all people can share in the love and commitment of marriage with the person with whom they share their life.

Check the list of mayors who have signed on and see if yours has, AFTER THE JUMP...

I'll post video later if it becomes available.

Freedom to Marry also asks that you download their statement and send it to your mayor asking for a signature.

Michael Bloomberg - New York, NY (Chair)  
Thomas Menino - Boston, MA (Chair)
Annise Parker - Houston, Texas (Chair)   
Jerry Sanders - San Diego, CA (Chair)
Antonio Villaraigosa - Los Angeles, CA (Chair)   
Samuel Adams - Portland, OR
Tom Bates - Berkeley, CA   
William Bell - Durham, NC
David Berger - Lima, OH   
Richard Bloom - Santa Monica, CA
Cory Booker - Newark, NJ   
Bruce Botelho - Juneau, AK
Ardell Brede - Rochester, MN   
Christopher Cabaldon - W. Sacramento, CA
John Callahan - Bethlehem, PA   
Stephen Cassidy - San Leandro, CA
Craig Cates - Key West, FL   
Mark Chilton - Carrboro, NC
Joshua Cohen - Annapolis, MD   
Chris Coleman - St. Paul, MN
Dennis Coombs - Longmont, CO   
Joy Cooper - Hallandale Beach, FL
Frank Cownie - Des Moines, IA   
John Duran - West Hollywood, CA
Paul Dyster - Niagara Falls, NY   
Rahm Emanuel - Chicago, IL
Bill Finch - Bridgeport, CT   
Peter Fosselman - Kensington, MD
Bob Foster - Long Beach, CA   
Laura Friedman - Glendale, CA
Ava Frisinger - Issaquah, WA   
Marie Gilmore - Alameda, CA
Mike Gin, Redondo Beach, CA   
Vincent Gray - Washington, D.C.
George Heartwell - Grand Rapids, MI   
John Hieftje - Ann Arbor, MI
Bobby Hopewell - Kalamazoo, MI   
Sylvester James, Jr. - Kansas City, MO
Edward Kelly - Cleveland Heights, OH   
Mark Kleinschmidt - Chapel Hill, NC
Mark Kruzan - Bloomington, IN   
Don Lane - Santa Cruz, CA
Timothy Leavitt - Vancouver, WA   
Edwin Lee - San Francisco, CA
Lee Leffingwell - Austin, TX   
Craig Lowe - Gainesville, FL
David Lublin - Town of Chevy Chase, MD   
Karen Majewski - Hamtramck, MI
Jan Marx - San Luis Obispo, CA   
Mike McGinn - Seattle, WA
Alex Morse - Holyoke, MA   
Lori Moseley - Miramar, FL
Jeri Muoio - West Palm Beach, FL   
David Narkewicz - Northampton, MA
Don Ness - Duluth, MN   
Michael Nutter - Philadelphia, PA
Frank Ortis - Pembroke Pines, FL   
Kitty Piercy - Eugene, OR
Steve Pougnet - Palm Springs, CA   
Jean Quan - Oakland, CA
Thomas Richards - Rochester, NY   
Clarissa Rowe - Arlington, MA
Matthew Ryan - Binghampton, NY   
RT Rybak - Minneapolis, MN
Robert Sabonjian - Waukegan, IL   
Helene Schneider - Santa Barbara, CA
Ann Schwab - Chico, CA   
Pedro Segarra - Hartford, CT
Eric Senter - Franklinton, NC   
Jeffrey Slavin - Town of Somerset, MD
Paul Soglin - Madison, WI   
Marilyn Strickland - Tacoma, WA
Angel Taveras - Providence, RI   
Nick Tell - Manhattan Beach, CA
Elizabeth Tisdahl - Evanston, IL   
Setti Warren - Newton, MA
Bruce Williams - Takoma Park, MD   
Dana Williams - Park City Park, UT

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  1. I'm actually surprised that Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton isn't on the list... oh well. Figures. Arizona will be the last state in the union to legalize gay marriage. :(

    Posted by: Lucas | Jan 20, 2012 10:36:12 AM


  2. I'm very disappointed to see that St. Louis's mayor, Francis Slay is NOT on this list.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Jan 20, 2012 10:38:51 AM


  3. Cool, Austin is on the list as well as Houston. It's a start

    Posted by: RonTEX | Jan 20, 2012 10:41:49 AM


  4. It's odd, where are all of the mayors from New England? I see four from Mass, one from RI and one from CT. That doesn't make any sense.

    Posted by: Erich | Jan 20, 2012 10:45:37 AM


  5. Where's Baltimore, Ms. Rawlings-Blake??!!??

    Posted by: BawlmerBoy | Jan 20, 2012 10:46:10 AM


  6. Yay for little Lima OH, sad Coleman from Columbus didn't do it. Geez the guy is in his third term and very safe.

    Posted by: Gus | Jan 20, 2012 10:47:14 AM


  7. Long Beach in da HOUSE!!! Thanks, Bob Foster!

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Jan 20, 2012 10:59:50 AM


  8. Actually, there are two from CT - Bridgeport & Hartford. But I agree, would have expected a few more NE cities on there.

    And interestingly enough, Baltimore isn't on there. But Annapolis is? This with a MD ballot initiative in the works.

    Posted by: AERES | Jan 20, 2012 11:01:58 AM


  9. Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro NC!

    Posted by: gaylib | Jan 20, 2012 11:05:42 AM


  10. Amazing, huh? To have come so far so quickly - in what, just a decade or so? My 65-YO gay neighbor is always shaking his head in disbelief. He grew up in an era of hate for all things "homosexual", where he was considered mentally sick and faced discrimination daily from housing to jobs to education, medical attention and more. It is good to know that our children will only know that kind of hatred as something of the past, if at all. I imagine it is akin to what we heard about in school regarding black people being hanged because they were black and asking ourselves, "Did people really do that?"

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 20, 2012 11:27:25 AM


  11. At the top of the post, it should be Annise PARKER, not Harper.

    And to OS2GUY, you must live someplace very fortunate.

    Posted by: Zandt | Jan 20, 2012 11:34:51 AM


  12. Glad to see my current town, Bloomington, IN on the list. Not remotely a surprise though.

    Disappointed to only see 5 Big Ten college towns on the list. Columbus, especially.

    Disappointed not to see my hometown of Louisville on the list. Democratic mayor. But still its KY.

    But that being said, you would think Lexington, with a gay mayor, would be on the list. Hmmmph.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 20, 2012 11:35:46 AM


  13. Thank you Mayors Ryback and Coleman! With the marriage amendment vote coming up this Fall your support will do some heavy lifting for the Minneapolis/St Paul GLBT community.

    Posted by: Matt McKenzie | Jan 20, 2012 11:42:08 AM


  14. Where is Mayor Francis Slay from Saint Louis?

    Posted by: Matt F | Jan 20, 2012 11:46:31 AM


  15. Of the 10 largest cities, Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas and SAN JOSE aren't on the list????? Can't say it's a shocker on most of those cities, but SJ is Silicon Valley and in the SF Bay Area. I expect more from an area that progressive and affluent.

    Posted by: XBailey | Jan 20, 2012 11:46:52 AM


  16. So annoyed that Atlanta's Mayor Kasim Reed is not on this list. :(

    Posted by: ColinATL | Jan 20, 2012 12:02:44 PM


  17. I'm proud of the legacy Mayor Daley left for gays in Chicago and I hope Mayor Emmanuel can build on that for equality in all aspects of living in such a diverse town. My neighbors in Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio all represented here...it could be a new day in middle America.

    Posted by: chiman | Jan 20, 2012 12:04:45 PM


  18. Update: St. Louis's Mayor Slay has signed on to the list.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Jan 20, 2012 12:20:48 PM


  19. Thanks Bob Foster,
    I am another one of the 36,000 also in the LBC
    Also thanks to the mayor of L.A.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Jan 20, 2012 12:21:15 PM


  20. This list doesn't make sense. There are at least half a dozen gay mayors of Bay Area cities not on this list, and I would expect most Bay Area cities to be on this list. Along with the comments above about New England mayors, makes me wonder if the list is just now being compiled and some have not responded yet. Hmmmm???

    Posted by: Tom | Jan 20, 2012 12:48:59 PM


  21. Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman has signed on per Cameron Tolle of Freedom to Marry. Thank you Mayor Coleman!

    Posted by: Paul Feeney | Jan 20, 2012 6:36:15 PM


  22. I see Rochester NY but I don't see Syracuse, Buffalo or Albany...

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 20, 2012 6:43:47 PM


  23. I don't think anyone should conclude yet that mayors NOT on the list declined to be on the list, or would decline if asked. They may just have not been contacted or informed about this yet, no?

    I suspect the list will be growing.

    Posted by: ziploc | Jan 20, 2012 7:15:20 PM


  24. I have to ask as well, where is Baltimore, Ms. Rawlings-Blake?

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 20, 2012 8:06:34 PM


  25. the number of supporting mayors is 120 as of currently.

    Posted by: MalaysianHO | Jan 20, 2012 8:52:31 PM


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