Mayor Garcia and 225 Mayors Throughout U.S. Sign Amicus Brief to Support Marriage Equality

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Mayor Robert Garcia - Photo from Facebook

Mayor Robert Garcia – Photo from Facebook

Mayor Robert Garcia joined 225 other Mayors in signing on to a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to end marriage discrimination nationwide. The brief includes Mayors from towns as small as Thompson, North Dakota, to the largest five cities in the nation, as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the National League of Cities.

The brief was filed today with the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I’m proud that the City of Long Beach has long supported equality for all Americans,” said Mayor Garcia. “The right to marry is a fundamental human right, and I’m grateful to my colleagues around the country for taking this important stand before the Supreme Court.”

Mayor Garcia and the Long Beach City Council have a strong history of supporting marriage equality. The Council has on numerous occasions voted to affirm marriage equality through resolutions and legislation.

“We launched Mayors for the Freedom to Marry three years ago because mayors are closest to their constituents and communities and singularly able to make the case that marriage makes for stronger families and a more vibrant economy,” said Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry. “We’re very proud of the 700 mayors who have been a part of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry over the three years of this campaign. This brief demonstrates the diversity of leaders across the country who know that America is ready for the freedom to marry and want the Supreme Court to bring our country to national resolution.”

Since its launch, Mayors for the Freedom to Marry has partnered with the United States Conference of Mayors to build and grow support.

“It is time for marriage equality to be the law of the land,” said U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran. “It’s the right thing to do and that’s why the U.S. Conference of Mayors has joined this brief. Our organization adopted policy opposing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in 1984. In 2009 we adopted policy in support of the freedom to marry, and last June reaffirmed that policy and urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that freedom to marry is the right of all Americans.”

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