This Friday will mark the launch of the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Campaign. The announcement, organized by Freedom to Marry, will be made during the United States Conference of Mayors' 80th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Chicago's very own Rahm Emanuel will be one of the 70 mayors across the country pledging their support for marriage equality. Other notable mayors include New York City's Mike Bloomberg, Boston's Thomas Menino, Los Angeles' Antonio R. Villaraigosa, and San Diego's Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders.
"By joining the group, mayors hope to expand public and political support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage," the mayors' group said in a statement.
Along with the mayors' push for full marriage equality, the group will also announce their opposition to adding discrimination into federal and state constitutions. This would prohibit states from being able to pass discriminatory laws into their constitution, and hopefully roll back such laws that have already been passed.
The move by many big city mayor's will put President Obama in the spotlight to officially come out and declare his support for marriage equality. Unfortunately, President Obama's stance on gay marriage depends on where he is giving his speech. He has both announced approval for and opposition to same-sex marriage.