In the recently released document, over 80 mayors from across the country pledged to fight for the legalization of gay marriage. Among the signatures was Philadelphia’s own mayor, Michael Nutter.
Along with Nutter, as of right now, signatures include John Callahan from Bethlehem, PA, and five mayors from neighboring New Jersey, hearing from their governor on gay marriage this past week as well. Our local support is encouraging and inspiring. For ways to follow our mayor and take action, you can visit the Freedom to Marry website.
The Mayors for the Freedom to Marry is a bipartisan group that developed the following statement as a promise to the people in their cities and the people of the country that they will be committed to the legalization of gay marriage. The pledge not only defends gay marriage as an important part of social community, but it also defends it as the right thing to do.
In a message written on the Freedom to Marry website, the chairs encourage all colleagues that haven’t joined in the commitment to respect the marriage of any partnership.
For a complete list of mayors who have joined in this campaign so far, take a look at this article.
Mayors for the Freedom to Marry state:
“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.”