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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Joins Mayors from Across Nation Supporting Freedom to Marry


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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today joined his peers from around the nation in pledging his support for Freedom to Marry’s campaign to end marriage discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.

“As a long-time supporter of the LGBT community, I am proud to join the over 75 mayors from across the nation who have joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry to help advocate for marriage for gay and lesbian couples in the United States,” Mayor Gray said. “These loving and committed couples have been prevented from sharing in the critical safety net of protections associated with marriage for far too long, and laws preventing gay people from marrying are both unjust and harmful to any society that values family, commitment and stability.”

Today, Freedom to Marry held a press conference the District featuring mayors from across the country, including Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston, Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego and Mayor Annise Parker of Houston.

Freedom to Marry is a campaign to win marriage equality nationwide. The group is pursuing its Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage equality and end federal marriage discrimination. Freedom to Marry partners with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities and commitment that marriage brings.