Freedom to Marry wants more mayors to say ‘I do’ to equality


The Freedom to Marry campaign is enlisting citizens in the effort to encourage mayors to join a broad-based and nonpartisan group of municipal leaders in backing equality for lesbian and gay couples.

The goal is to increase the number of mayors on the record as supporting the right of same-sex couples to marry and to have every state represented in the campaign.

To find out if the mayor of a city supports the freedom to marry, go to the Freedom to Marry website, which also contains information on how to encourage a mayor to join the campaign.

In Wisconsin, mayors for marriage equality include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Bayfield Mayor Larry MacDonald and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin.

There are petitions on the site asking Racine Mayor John Dickert, Appleton Mayor Timothy Hanna, Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman, West Allis Mayor Dan Devine, Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt to join the equality drive.