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U.S. Conference of Mayors In Favor Of Marriage Equality

U.S. Conference of Mayors In Favor Of Marriage Equality

The U.S. Conference of Mayors voted in favor of a resolution supporting gay marriage equality on Monday. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said that the nations' mayors are seeking equality for all citizens.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors voted in favor of a resolution supporting marriage equality on Monday, according to The Advocate.

The resolution, titled "Equality and Civil Rights for Gay and Lesbian Americans," included support for the freedom to marry along with endorsement of federal bills such as Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, the Uniting American Families Act, and the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Sworn in as the 67th President of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) during the final session of the group's 77th Annual Meeting on Monday,  Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said, "The nation's mayors are proud to take the lead in recognizing the importance of protecting all our citizens equally. It is now time for state legislatures and our federal government to enact the same protections for all our nation's citizens."

Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, released a statement saying that "by passing this resolution, America's mayors spoke for the families they know and serve in communities across the country and said that excluding those families from the freedom to marry must stop."

He further added that mayors "have their fingers on the pulse of the country, and their voices today said loud and clear that ending discrimination in marriage is the way to go."

The entire list and text of passed resolutions can be found on the USCM website at www.usmayors.org.
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