For Immediate Release

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Jackie Yodashkin

Mayors from Across the Country to Launch Mayors for the Freedom to Marry

WASHINGTON - 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. today. 80 Republican, Democrat 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 is chaired by mayors Jerry Sanders of San Diego, Thomas Menino of Boston, Michael Bloomberg of New York, Annise Parker of Houston, and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles.
Date:               Friday, January 20, 2012 
   10:00 a.m. ET ***Please note updated start time
Location        Capital Hilton Hotel
   2nd Floor Foyer outside Presidential Ballroom
   1001 16th Street NW
   Washington, D.C.
Participants:    Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles
   Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York
   Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego
   Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston
   Mayor Annise Parker of Houston
   Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma
   Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry
   Tom Cochran, U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director


Journalists who are uable to make it in person will be able to conference in by phone. Those interested in dialing into the press conference by phone should please contact Angela Dallara at / 646-430-3925 for conference line information.


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Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Headed by Evan Wolfson, one of America's leading civil rights advocates and lawyers, Freedom to Marry brings new resources and a renewed context of urgency and opportunity to this social justice movement.

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