Mayors for the Freedom to Marry


Welcome Message from the Chairs

In affirmation of the critical role that cities and their mayors have played in advancing civil rights and equal treatment for all Americans, we are proud to be chairs of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Mayors for the Freedom to Marry is a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be able to share in the love and commitment of marriage. 

Mayors for Marriage

As mayors of six of America’s great cities, we understand that the strength and health of our cities are enhanced when all families are protected and supported. We know many people in loving and committed same-sex relationships who are active participants in improving our communities and we’ve seen how important marriage has been for them and their families. 

We are honored to lead this bipartisan group of mayors who support ending marriage discrimination at all levels of government. While we will each have different strategies for pursuing that end, we all agree on the goal: securing the freedom to marry and upholding equal rights for all citizens.

We are a diverse group of mayors—from cities across the country. Our cities are culturally, racially and geographically diverse, but we share one important value: a common commitment to fairness.

We invite our colleagues to join us in signing this statement as we advocate for the freedom to marry and build a nation where all loving couples who want to make the life-long commitment can share in the joy and respect of marriage.


Kevin Faulconer Eric Garcetti Michael Nutter
Mayor of San Diego Mayor of Los Angeles Mayor of Philadelphia

Annise Parker Kasim Reed Greg Stanton
Mayor of Houston Mayor of Atlanta Mayor of Phoenix

Read the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry statement, and look at the more than 500 from 49 states and Washington, D.C. who have signed on. If you have questions or would like more information about joining Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, please contact Jo Deutsch at  

If your mayor has not joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, use our interactive Light Up the Map feature to petition your mayor to sign on and stand up for marriage. 

Current Mayors

Jeff Aalfs - Portola Valley, CA
Anan Abu-Taleb - Oak Park, IL
Catherine Adduci - River Forest, IL
Steve Adler - Austin, TX
Matt Alexander - Wappingers Falls, NY
Matthew Appelbaum - Boulder, CO
Dean Argiris - Wheeling, IL
Paul Aronsohn - Ridgewood, NJ
Jud Ashman - Gaithersburg, MD
Steve Aspel - Redondo Beach, CA
Ruth Atkin - Emeryville, CA
Arthur Auxer - Shepherdstown, WV
Scott Avedisian - Warwick, RI
Richard Bain - Pepper Pike, OH
Andy Ball - Boone, NC
Russ Barley - Freeport, FL
Tom Barrett - Milwaukee, WI
Bruce Bassett - Mercer Island, WA
Tom Bates - Berkeley, CA
Ralph Becker - Salt Lake City, UT
William Bell - Durham, NC
Christine Berg - Lafayette, CO
Peter Benjamin - Garrett Park, MD
Steve Benjamin - Columbia, SC
David Berger - Lima, OH
Ethan Berkowitz – Anchorage, AK
Dale Berman - North Aurora, IL
Virg Bernero - Lansing, MI
David Bieter -Boise, ID
Clarence Billups - Waycross, GA
John Birkner, Jr. - Westwood, NJ
Ryan Bladzik - Holly, MI
Robert Blais - Lake George, NY
Peter Bober - Hollywood, FL
Muriel Bowser - Washington D.C.
Noam Bramson - New Rochelle, NY
Ardell Brede - Rochester, MN
Edward Brennan - Merchantville, NJ
Michael Brennan - Portland, ME
Barry Brickner - Farmington Hills, MI
William Brown - Riverton, NJ
Sharon Bulova - Fairfax County, VA
Kevin Burns - Dillon, CO
Roy Buol - Dubuque, IA
Jason Burnett - Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
David Burton - Malvern, PA
Tom Butt - Richmond, CA
Pete Buttigieg - South Bend, IN
Stephen Buxbaum - Olympia, WA
Christopher Cabaldon - W. Sacramento, CA
Karen Cadieux - Easthampton, MA
Chuck Cahn - Cherry Hill, NJ
Kirk Caldwell - Honolulu, HI
Mike Callahan - Cheverly, MD
Anthony Campuzano - Lansdowne, PA
Miguel Canales - Artesia, CA
Chris Canning - Calistoga, CA
Ken Carlson - Pleasant Hill, CA
Catherine Carlton -Menlo Park, CA
Frederick Carpenter - Palmyra, PA
Sherry Carran - Covington, KY
Alan Casavant - Biddeford, ME
Mary Casillas Salas - Chula Vista, CA
Jim Cason - Coral Gables, FL
Frank Catalina - Peekskill, NY
Craig Cates - Key West, FL
Chris Cerino - Chestertown, MD
Gary Christenson - Malden, MA
Joe Cicero, Jr. - Lyndhurst, OH
Jim Clinton - Bend, OR
Dan Clodfelter- Charlotte, NC
Jerry Cole - Rainier, OR
Chris Coleman - St. Paul, MN
Michael Coleman - Columbus, OH
Barbara Coler - Town of Fairfax, CA
Ron Collins, San Carlos, CA
Carolyn Comitta - West Chester, PA
David Condon - Spokane, WA
David Cook - Sonoma, CA
John Cook - Edgewood, PA
Thomas Cook - Freehold Township, NJ
Suzette Cooke - Kent, WA
Dennis Coombs - Longmont, CO
Joy Cooper - Hallandale Beach, FL
Gary Cordner - Macungie, PA
Hollie Cost - Montevallo, AL
Thomas Cote - Sanford, ME
David Coviello - Biscayne Park, FL
David Coulter - Ferndale, MI
Frederick Courtright - Mount Pocono, PA
Frank Cownie - Des Moines, IA
Bob Cox - Cloverdale, CA
Mike Coyne - Marquette, MI
Rodney Craig - Hanover Park, IL
John Cranley - Cincinnati, OH
Jeffrey Cristina - Campbell, CA
Lew Currier - Jerome, AZ
Joseph Curtatone - Somerville, MA
James Curry - Middletown, PA
Pauline Cutter - San Leandro, CA
Michael Dachisen - Rockaway Township, NJ
Bill de Blasio - New York, NY
CJ Davis - Delhi Township, MI
James Davis - Bayonne, NJ
Karl Dean - Nashville, TN
Rick DeGolia - Atherton, CA
David M. DelVecchio - Lambertville, NJ
Victor DeLuca - Maplewood, NJ
John Dennis - West Lafayette, IN
Kathie deNobriga - Pine Lake, GA
Rod DesJardins -Munising, MI
Nicholas DeSantis - New Stanton, PA
Denise Dicarlo - West Deptford, NJ
Daniel Dietch - Surfside, FL
James Diossa - Central Falls, RI
Robert Dolan - Melrose, MA
Thomas Donegan - Provincetown, MA
Kyle Dorion- Pembina, ND
Rob Downey - Melbourne Village, FL
Denny Doyle - Beaverton, OR
Harry Dressler - Tamarac, FL
Daniel T. Drew - Middletown, CT
Sara Drew - Stow, OH
Kimberley Driscoll - Salem, MA
John Dunleavy - Bloomingdale, NJ
Mike Duggan - Detroit, MI
Nelson Durgin - Bangor, ME
Carol Dutra-Vernaci - Union City, CA
Buddy Dyer - Orlando, FL
Paul Dyster - Niagara Falls, NY
Walter Eckel - Hackensack, NJ
Amanda Edmonds - Ypsilanti, MI
Jim Ellison - Royal Oak, MI
Jorge Elorza - Providence, RI
Mimi Elrod - Lexington, VA
Rahm Emanuel - Chicago, IL
John Engen - Missoula, MT
Mark Epley - Southampton, NY
Betty Esper - Homestead, PA
William Euille - Alexandria, VA
Kevin Faulconer - San Diego, CA
Jeremy Farmer - Lawrence, KS
Deborah Frank Feinen – Champaign, IL
Paul Feiner - Greenburgh, NY
Andrew Fellows - College Park, MD
John Fetterman - Braddock, PA
Bill Finch - Bridgeport, CT
Daryl Justin Finizio - New London, CT
Greg Fischer - Louisville, KY
Drew Fixell - Tarrytown, NY
Kenneth Fletcher - Delta Township, MI
Sarah Flitner – Jackson, WY
Ed Foley - Jenkintown, PA
Clint Folsom - Superior, CO
Robert Forbes - Oaklyn, NJ
Johnny Ford - Tuskegee, AL
Peter Fosselman - Kensington, MD
David Foubert - Yellow Springs, OH
Paul Fraim - Norfolk, VA
Marina Fraser - Half Moon Bay, CA
Thomas Fromm - Swedesboro, NJ
Julie Fulkerson - Trinidad, CA
Steven Fulop - Jersey City, NJ
Alan Galbraith - St. Helena, CA
Susie Galea - Alamogordo, NM
Margot Garant - Jefferson Village, NY
Eric Garcetti - Los Angeles, CA (Chair)
Robert Garcia - Long Beach, CA
James Gaughan - Altamont, NY
Victoria Gearity -Ossining, NY
John Gentless- Stratford, NJ
Dean Geracimos - Chesapeake City, MD
Joe Gierlach - Nederland, CO
Thomas Gillen - Oswego, NY
Andrew Gillum - Tallahassee, FL
David Glass - Petaluma, CA
William Gluba - Davenport, IA
Debbie Goettel - Richfield, MN
Jeffrey Goldsmith - Woodcliff Lake, NJ
Gary Golinski - Yorkville, IL
Javier Gonzales - Santa Fe, NM
Elizabeth Goreham - State College, PA
J. Richard Gray - Lancaster, PA
Sandy Green - Kutztown, PA
Stanley Green - Delaware City, DE
Paul Grenier - Berlin, NH
Jim Griffith - Sunnyvale, CA
Justin Grigg - Alfred, NY
Alexander Gromack - Congers, NY
Karen Guzak - Snohomish, WA
David Gysberts - Hagerstown, MD
Charlie Hales - Portland, OR
Wayne J. Hall, Sr. - Hempstead, NY
Stanley Hall - Tieton, WA
Barbara Halliday - Hayward, CA
Michael Hancock - Denver, CO
Timothy Hanna - Appleton, WI
Diane Hanson - Dewey Beach, DE
Toni Harp - New Haven, CT
Bruce Harris - Chatham, NJ
Shep Harris - Golden Valley, MN
Tina Harris - Erie, CO
Bill Harrison - Fremont, CA
Jermaine Hatton - Townsend, DE
Clyde A. Haulman - Williamsburg, VA
Matt Hayek - Iowa City, IA
William Healy - Canton, OH
George Heartwell - Grand Rapids, MI
Sam Henderson - Gulfport, FL
Stanley Henry - Cathedral City, CA
Dana Hilliard - Somersworth, NH
Colleen Hilton - Westbrook, ME
Karyn Hippen- Thompson, ND
Richard Hofeld - Homewood, IL
Betsy Hodges - Minneapolis, MN
Shawn Hogan - Hornell, NY
Donna Holaday - Newburyport, MA
John Hollar - Montpelier, VT
Bobby Hopewell - Kalamazoo, MI
Lindsey Horvath - West Hollywood, CA
James Hovland - Edina, MN 
Satyendra Singh Huja - Charlottesville, VA
Frank Huttle - Englewood, NJ
Sally Hutton - Richmond, IN
Mary Hynes - Arlington, VA
Jamie Irons - Morro Bay, CA
Edna Jackson - Savannah, GA
Frank Jackson - Cleveland, OH
Scott Jackson - Hamden, CT
Jeffrey Jacobs - St. Louis Park, MN
Mary Beth Jahn - Neptune Township, NJ
Sylvester James, Jr. - Kansas City, MO
Gary Jensen - Ferndale, WA
Rebecca Jimenez - Guadalupe, AZ
Guy Johnson - Shorewood, WI
Kevin Johnson - Sacramento, CA
Lioneld Jordan - Fayetteville, AR
Bill Kampe - Pacific Grove, CA
Dave Kaplan - Des Moines, WA
Richard Kaplan - Lauderhill, FL
David Kaptain - Elgin, IL
Scott Kaupin - Enfield, CT
Susan M. Kay - Weymouth, MA
Timothy Kearney - Swarthmore, PA
Joseph Keegan - Castleton, NY
Stephen Keefe - Fredonia, NY
Laurence Keller - New Hope, PA
Kelley Kelley – Turtle Creek, PA
Christopher Kelly - West Mifflin, PA
Judith Flanagan Kennedy - Lynn, MA
Judy Kennedy, City of Newburgh, NY
Billy Kenoi - Hawaii County, HI
Nick Kitchen - Capron, VA
Mark Kleinschmidt - Chapel Hill, NC
Matthew Knickerbocker - Bethel, CT
Michael Kohut - Haverstraw, NY
Chris Koos - Normal, IL
Janice Kovach - Clinton, NJ
Lucy Krakowiak - Burien, WA
Thomas Kramer - Millbourne Borough, PA
Rick Kriseman - St. Petersburg, FL
Mark Kruzan - Bloomington, IN
Mitch Landrieu - New Orleans, LA
Don Lane - Santa Cruz, CA
Thomas Lankey - Edison, NJ
Kenneth LaSota - Heidelberg, PA
Lydia Lavelle - Carrboro, NC
Denis Law - Renton, WA
Timothy Leavitt - Vancouver, WA
Marcia Leclerc - East Hartford, CT
Edwin Lee - San Francisco, CA
Mark Mitchell - Tempe, AZ
Earl Leiken - Shaker Heights, OH
Liz Lempert - Princeton, NJ
Connie Leon Kreps - North Bay Village, FL
Cindy Lerner - Pinecrest, FL
Philip Levine - Miami Beach, FL
Violeta Lewis - La Puente, CA
Sam Liccardo - San Jose, CA
Peter Lindstrom - Falcon Heights MN
Kelli Linville - Bellingham, WA
Charles Lombardi - North Providence, RI
David Lossing - Linden, MI
Allan Lowe - Roosevelt Park, MI
Christopher Louras - Rutland, VT
Jim Lovejoy - Mount Washington, MA
Bill Luckett – Clarksdale, MS
Christine Lundberg - Springfield, OR
Peter Maass - Albany, CA
Larry MacDonald - Bayfield, WI
Phyllis Magazzu - Berlin Township, NJ
Kim Maggard - Whitehall, OH
Mike Maguire - Eagan, MN
Colleen Mahr - Fanwood, NJ
David Maher - Cambridge, MA
Karen Majewski - Hamtramck, MI
Jim Maley - Collingswood, NJ
John Manchester - Lewisburg, WV
Amanda Mank - Longview, IL
Esther Manheimer - Asheville, NC
Adrian Mapp - Plainfield, NJ
John Marchione - Redmond, WA
A. David Marne - Shavano Park, TX
David Martin - Stamford, CT
Sandy Martin - Shoreview, MN
Jan Marx - San Luis Obispo, CA
Jamie Matthews - Santa Clara, CA
Joseph Maturo, Jr. - East Haven, CT
Josh Maxwell - Downingtown, PA
James Mayo - Monroe, LA
Shaun McCaffery - Healdsburg, CA
William McCall - Parker, PA
Fred McCarthy - Langley, WA
Ronald McDaniel - Montville, CT
Tim McGuire - Homewood Borough, PA
Kevin McKeown - Santa Monica, CA
John A. McNally - Youngstown, OH
Pasquale Menna - Red Bank, NJ
Lisa Merkel - Herndon, VA
Kurt Metzger - Pleasant Ridge, MI
Robert Mezzo - Naugatuck, CT
Michael R. Mignogna - Voorhees, NJ
William Miller - Girard, PA
Stephanie Miner - Syracuse, NY
Frank Minor - Logan Township, NJ
William Moehle - Town of Brighton, NY
Ashira Mohammed - Pembroke Park, FL
Sandy Moriarty – Sedona, AZ
John Moor - Asbury Park, NJ
Dick Moore - Elkhart, IN
Alex Morse - Holyoke, MA
Sandy Moscaritolo - River Edge, NJ
Darryl Moss - Creedmoor, NC
Chris Mulhall - Honey Brook, PA
Jeri Muoio - West Palm Beach, FL
Ed Murray - Seattle, WA
Svante Myrick - Ithaca, NY
Terry Nagel - Burlingame, CA
David Narkewicz - Northampton, MA
Marvin Natiss - North Hills, NY
Deborah Neale - Lakeline, OH
Don Ness - Duluth, MN
Bridget Newton - Rockville, MD
Michael Nohilly - Interlaken, NJ
Frank Nolan - Highlands, NJ
Gary Norton - East Cleveland, OH
Michael Nutter - Philadelphia, PA (Chair)
John Oberst - Monmouth, OR
John O'Brien - Lyon, CO
Frank Ortis - Pembroke Pines, FL
John Ostenburg - Park Forest, IL
Andrew Otte- Mt. Angel, OR
Salvatore Panto - Easton, PA
Eric Papenfuse - Harrisburg, PA
Joseph Parisi - Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Robert Parisi - West Orange, NJ
Annise Parker - Houston, Texas (Chair)
Elizabeth Patterson - Benicia,CA
Judy Paul - Davie, FL
Ed Pawlowski - Allentown, PA
Louis Payne - East Pittsburgh, PA
William Peduto - Pittsburgh, PA
Jannquell Peters - East Point, GA
Randy Peterson - St. Helens, OR
Mark Peterson - Winona, MN
A. Martin Petrovic - Trumansburg, NY
Joseph Petty - Worcester, MA
Jerry V. Pierce - Valley Mills, TX
Kitty Piercy - Eugene, OR
Doug Plummer - Sharon Springs, NY
Don Plusquellic - Akron OH
Nicholas Poliseno - Spotswood Borough, NJ
Peter Porcino - Ardsley, NY
Steve Pougnet - Palm Springs, CA
Dan Prats - Laytonsville, MD
McKinley Price - Newport News, VA
George Proto - Cape Charles, VA
Laurel Prussing - Urbana, IL
Dorothy Quinn - Emsworth, PA
Clyde Rabideau - Saranac Lake, NY
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake - Baltimore, MD
Kasim Reed - Atlanta, GA (Chair)
Tari Renner - Bloomington, IL
Susan Renda - Village of Moreland Hills, OH
Gary Resnick - Wilton Manors, FL
John Rey - DeKalb, IL
Raul Reyes - El Cenizo, TX
Paul Rickenbach - East Hampton, NY
David Rivella - Morrisville, PA
Daniel Rizzo - Revere, MA
Thomas Roach - White Plains, NY
Madeline Rogero - Knoxville, TN
Tim Rogers - New Paltz, NY
Ron Rordam - Blacksburg, VA
Jose Rosado - Fountain Hill, PA
Cindy Rosenthal - Norman, OK
Nancy Rotering - Highland Park, IL
Jonathan Rothschild - Tucson, AZ
Jesus Ruiz - Socorro, TX
Peter Rustin - Tenafly, NJ
Michael Ryan - Sunrise, FL
Tim Ryan - Broward County - FL
Brian Sager - Woodstock, IL
Meghan Sahli-Wells - Culver City, CA
Ricky Samayoa - Marysville, CA
Pete Sanchez - Suisun City, CA
Rita Sanders - Bellevue, NE
Domenic Sarno - Springfield, MA
Angelo “Skip” Saviano - Elmwood Park, IL
Marni Sawicki - Cape Coral, FL
John Sawyer - Santa Rosa, CA
Libby Schaaf - Oakland, CA
Hillary Schieve - Reno, NV
Helene Schneider - Santa Barbara, CA
Tara Schoedinger - Jamestown, CO
Rob Schroder - Martinez, CA
Jeffrey Schwartzberg - Roslyn Estates, NY
Timothy Scott - Carlisle, PA
Pedro Segarra - Hartford, CT
Elic Senter - Franklinton, NC
Kathy Sheehan - Albany, NY
Sarah Sherwood - Abbeville, SC
John Sibert - Malibu, CA
Scott Silverthorne - Fairfax, VA
Ronald Silvis - Greensburg, PA
Rod Sink - Cupertino, CA
Steven Skadron - Aspen, CO
Susan Skidmore - Elmira, NY
Jeffrey Slavin - Town of Somerset, MD
Francis G. Slay - St. Louis, MO
Patrick Slayter - Sebastopol, CA
R. Scott Slifka - West Hartford, CT
Marjorie Sloan - Golden, CO
Brian Smith - Irvington, NY
Paul Smith - Union Beach, NJ
Paul Soglin - Madison, WI
Jeanne Sorg - Ambler, PA
Frank Soto - Bensenville, IL
George Spagna - Ashland, VA
Michael Spano - Yonkers, NY
Vaughn Spencer - Reading, PA
Tom Stallard - Woodland, CA
Domenick Stampone - Haledon, NJ
Greg Stanton - Phoenix, AZ (Chair)
Samson Steinman - Rahway, NJ
Tom Stevens - Hillsborough, NC
Philip K. Stoddard - South Miami, FL
Marilyn Strickland - Tacoma, WA
Kathy Strom - Chevy Chase, MD
Ron Strouse - Doylestown, PA
James C. Sturgis - Eastville, VA
Mike Summers - Lakewood, OH
Peter Swiderski - Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Brad Tabke - Shakopee, MN
Steve Tate - Morgan Hill, CA
Christopher Taylor - Ann Arbor, MI
Jill Techel - Napa, CA
Ted Terry - Clarkston, GA
Ann M. Thane - Amsterdam, NY
Thomas Theodores - Sausalito, CA
Jack Thomas - Park City, UT
James Thomas, Jr. - Hinesville, GA
Elizabeth Tisdahl - Evanston, IL
Brian Tobin - Cortland, NY
Jeffrey Tobolski - McCook, IL
Alex Torpey - South Orange, NJ
Nathan Triplett - East Lansing, MI
Pam Triolo - Lake Worth, FL
Peter Truax - Forest Grove, OR
Michael Udine - Parkland, FL
Tony Vauss - Irvington, NJ
Michael Venezia - Bloomfield, NJ
William Volk - Woodbury, NJ
Zachary Vruwink - Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Amy Walen - Kirkland, WA
Barbara Wallace - Washington Township, NJ
George Wallace - Hampton, VA
Tedd Wallace - South Lyon, MI
Dayne Walling - Flint, MI
Martin Walsh - Boston, MA
Setti Warren - Newton, MA
Miro Weinberger - Burlington, VT
Georgine Welo - South Euclid, OH
Shelley Welsch - University City, MO
Nan Whaley - Dayton, OH
Patricia Wheeler - Stone Mountain, GA
Jennifer Laird White - Nyack, NY
Dianne Widdop - Gearhart, OR
Dennis Wilcox - Cleveland Heights, OH
Bruce Williams - Takoma Park, MD
Del Rae Williams - Moorhead, MN
Kenneth Williams - Carbon Cliff, IL
Michael Winkler - Arcata, CA
Shari Winstead - Shoreline, WA
Aaron Wittnebel - Lake Park, MN
Sharon Wolcott - Surprise, AZ
Dan Wolk - Davis, CA
Susan Woodruff - Waldport, OR
Ken Wray - Sleepy Hollow, NY
Joanne D. Yepsen - Saratoga Springs, NY
Dawn Zimmer - Hoboken, NJ

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