Mayors for the Freedom to Marry celebrates its first anniversary with 291 members

Sat. January 19, 2013 12:10 PM by News Staff

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel member of mayors’ marriage equality group

Washington, D.C. - Friday marked the one-year anniversary of Mayors For Freedom To Marry, a bipartisan coalition of U.S. mayors in support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among the 80 mayors last year joining the coalition, which is a project of Washington, D.C.-based Freedom to Marry. The group has now reached 291 members representing 32 states, according to
The Huffington Post

The coalition is headed by mayors Michael Bloomberg of New York City, Thomas M. Menino of Boston, Annise Parker of Houston, and Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles.

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed is the latest to join the coalition. According to
, Reed had previously refused to back gay marriage despite a long record of supporting other LGBT issues, but in December he announced support for full marriage equality.

Each participating mayor has pledged an organized effort to support full marriage equality while opposing discrimination in the federal and state constitution.

Earlier this week, Emanuel signed a petition urging lawmakers to make Illinois the 10th state to legalize gay marriage. He has promised to become "very involved" in the issue.