Mayors to back marriage equality

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Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, will launch Mayors for the Freedom to Marry on Jan. 20 during the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C.

More than 75 Republican, Democrat and Independent mayors from cities across the country have pledged to support gay and lesbian couples’ freedom to marry, according to the advance notice from Freedom to Marry.

By creating Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, the city officials hope to expand public and political support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.

The broad-based coalition of mayors includes Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Annise Parker of Houston, and is chaired by mayors Jerry Sanders of San Diego, Thomas Menino of Boston, Michael Bloomberg of New York and U.S. Conference of Mayors president Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles.