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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. Note to editor: when listing the "big names" at the front of the article, you may want to include the biggest cities. Chicago's the 3rd largest city in the nation and Rahm is one of the most well-known mayors in the country.

    Posted by: Robert | Jan 20, 2012 8:52:59 PM


  2. Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio has signed also.

    Posted by: RBearSAT | Jan 20, 2012 10:29:02 PM


  3. 4 Minnesota cities? Awesome! I'm actually a bit surprised Duluth & Rochester were on there but all the more reasons to be a proud Minnesota. (We are going to defeat that proposed amendment come Nov.)

    Posted by: krazy4luvingu | Jan 21, 2012 2:16:20 AM


  4. No surprise my mayor isn't there. She's stated she opposes same-sex marriage. Caroline Goodman, wife of Oscar Goodman is now the mayor of my hometown. Unfortunate. I'll be forwarding her the statement.

    Posted by: James | Jan 21, 2012 9:22:22 PM


  5. I'm pleased to see that not only is the mayor of my town on the list, but also where I was born, where I plan to retire, and my favorite vacation spot.

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 21, 2012 9:36:56 PM


  6. i'm disappointed, but not surprised to see that Mayor Jim Ardis of Peoria, IL isn't on this list. He plays lots of political games at the benefit of big donors and family. He used to be a much more principled man.

    In Peoria, it's okay to sleep around on your wife (and three kids) with employees of your restaurants and bars, and is certainly fine to allow underage drinking to go on at your feminine establishment.

    Just no gay marriage whatsoever, especially in the public discourse.

    Posted by: vwdavy | Jan 22, 2012 2:57:52 PM


  7. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has indeed signed on as a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry. View Freedom to Marry's more complete roster of participating mayors at http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pages/mayors-for-the-freedom-to-marry

    Posted by: Lee Bolin | Jan 22, 2012 4:52:34 PM


  8. I'm glad they are taking a political chance with supporting marriage equality. More Politicins need to do what is right and not politically expedient.

    Posted by: Ian | Jan 25, 2012 10:59:34 AM


  9. For those of you that are wondering where this or that Mayor is, take a few minutes of your time, look up their email address and ask them yourselves. Send them a link to the Freedom to Marry pledge and tell them why it matters to you. I have emailed about 25 California mayors since I first saw this news and so far I have 5 new signers. I will keep the pressure on until more jump on. DO THE WORK, DON'T WAIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT.

    Posted by: Billy Bradford | Jan 25, 2012 4:24:28 PM


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