Chicago's Emanuel part of Mayors for Freedom to Marry, which launches campaign today!

Mayors for Freedom to Marry official launched their campaign today during the United States Conference of Mayors meeting.

The group released this statement:

In affirmation of the critical role that cities and their mayors have played in advancing civil rights and equal treatment for all Americans, we are proud to be chairs of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Mayors for the Freedom to Marry is 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.

As mayors of three of America’s great cities, we understand that the strength and health of our cities are enhanced when all families are protected and supported. We know many people in loving and committed same-sex relationships who are active participants in improving our communities and we’ve seen how important marriage has been for them and their families.

We are honored to lead this bipartisan group of mayors who support ending marriage discrimination at all levels of government. While we will each have different strategies for pursuing that end, we all agree on the goal: securing the freedom to marry and upholding equal rights for all citizens.

We are a diverse group of mayors—from small cities in Indiana and Maine, to the four largest cities in America. Our cities are culturally, racially and geographically diverse, but we share one important value: a common commitment to fairness.

We invite our colleagues to join us in signing this statement as we advocate for the freedom to marry and build a nation where all loving couples who want to make the life-long commitment can share in the joy and respect of marriage.

I think this is wonderful, and I am so happy that Chicago's mayor signed on. If your mayor did not sign up, encourage them to do so.

The complete list of mayors involved in Mayors for Freedom to Marry is below.

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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