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posted Friday, January 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 03
Seattle's McGinn joins Mayors for the Freedom to Marry
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Seattle's McGinn joins Mayors for the Freedom to Marry

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn joined mayors from the across the country this week to support the launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.

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

More than 75 Republican, Democratic, and Independent mayors from cities across the country have pledged to support Gay and Lesbian couples' freedom to marry. By joining the group, mayors 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, U.S. Conference of Mayors President Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

'The mayor was very happy to sign on to the letter when asked to support,' said Aaron Pickus, a spokesman for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

'The mayor supports full marriage equality in Washington state and supports the legislature finally taking up this issue to end the denial of this right to committed living partners,' Pickus told Seattle Gay News.

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide, working to grow the national majority for marriage 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.

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