U.S. Conference of Mayors held for supporting Same-Sex Marriage
U.S. Conference of Mayors had a 4-day conference that ended on Monday. More than 200 mayors participated in this gathering that took place in Dallas. The result of this was U.S. Conference of Mayors urging federal courts up to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex couples nationwide to marry.
The same conference was held back in 2009, that time too it endorsed the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. The same thing it reaffirmed in this current resolution.
The major noting of the group was that that 19 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex couples to marry. Also, they condemned any legislation that gave the authorization to discrimination in employment or refusal of service or facilities to gays and lesbians.
Leaders from several states where ban on same-sex marriage prevails were a part of it including mayors from Arizona, Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Missouri and Georgia. They were involved in the resolution's passage. Further, in this list were Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed who too signed this petition.
"The United States Conference of Mayors reaffirms its support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples and urges the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, to speedily bring national resolution", their statement reads.
It was largely supported by formation of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a same-sex marriage advocacy group of which Kevin Faulconer, the Republican mayor of San Diego was the chairman.
The whole purpose behind the U.S. Conference of Mayors was to make the U.S. Supreme Court to follow the lead of numerous states with a wave of over 20 federal and state courts to bring an end to marriage discrimination nationwide. Further, they believe that gay couples with the freedom to marry will strengthen families and communities.