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USA, Indiana: 13 Mayors Speak Out Against Proposed Marriage Equality Ban

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

IndianaA group of Indiana mayors has banded together to speak out against the proposed ban on gay marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

13 mayors, including a large group of Republicans, have gone public with their opposition to efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana. The mayors include 6 Republicans and 7 Democrats and represent the cities of Lafayette, Evansville, Angola, Kokomo, West Lafayette, Anderson, Bloomington, Hammond, Valparaiso, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Carmel and Indianapolis. 11 of the mayors have joined forces with Freedom Indiana to form a group called Mayors for Freedom, while another two made their support known to the media on Tuesday.

It’s fantastic to see that almost half of the mayors in the group are Republicans. A sign of things to come?

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France: High Court Says Mayors Cannot Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Paris, FranceFrench mayors must perform weddings for all couples who have the legal right to marry, including same-sex couples, the High Court there has ruled.

Pink News reports:

A law recognising equal marriage took effect in May, but several mayors rejected it as a matter of “conscience”. Earlier this summer Jean-Michel Colo, the mayor of Arcangues, in south-west France, refused to marry a gay couple and said “I will go to the gallows” in order to defy the law. However, the Constitutional Council ruled on Friday that the law does not provide a “conscience clause” for its opponents. “The council judged that, in view of the functions of a state official in the officiating of a marriage, the legislation does not violate their freedom of conscience,” it said in a statement.

If they don’t like the law, they can either try to change it, or not be Mayor anymore.

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USA: Mayors for The Freedom to Marry Relaunches

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Mayors for the freedom to marryAn innovative program created by Freedom to Marry to convince mayors across United States to support marriage equality is being relaunched this week.

Joe.My.God reports:

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. Our goal is to get 500+ mayors from all 50 states to support the freedom to marry. Check the map to see if your mayor has joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.If you don’t see your mayor listed, join us in asking them to publicly support the freedom to marry.

The site features an interactive map where you can look to see if you are mayor supports marriage equality yet. On a related note, we received a hilarious email from Freedom to Marry asking us if the “Mayor of El Dorado Hills” supports marriage equality. Hilarious because a) El Dorado Hills has never become a city, and b) wherein one of the most conservative areas of California. Sigh.

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Rhode Island, USA: Mayors Band Together for Marriage Equality

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Rhode IslandA few days after a Senate Committee held a hearing on the pending marriage equality bill, a group of mayors are pushing for the bill’s passage. ABC 6 reports:

Five Rhode Island mayors are banding together to push for gay marriage. The mayors of Providence, Warwick, Pawtucket, Cumberland and Central Falls are launching a campaign today called, “mayors for marriage equality.”

This mirrors a larger movement in the country that we’ve reported on before. At last check, the national Mayors for Marriage Equality had almost 300 members.

It’s great to see this ground-up, grassroots effort to compliment the work done by state-wide and national organizations.

Now if we can just get a Senate floor vote?

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France: President Hollande Backtracks on Marriage Equality Opt-Out

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

French President Hollande Backtracks on Marriage Equality Opt-OutFrench President Francois Hollande appears to have backtracked on suggestions that mayors who oppose equal marriage should be allowed to personally opt-out from pending legislation.

Earlier in the week, President Hollande said he respected mayors’ “freedom of conscience” on the matter and stated the possibility of allowing them to delegate responsibility to councillors if they had a personal objection to marrying gay couples.

The comments, made at a national mayors’ conference on Tuesday, sparked widespread anger from equal marriage supporters, with some fearing that the president was succumbing to political pressure by opponents.

Authored By Scott Roberts – See the Full Story at Pink News

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France: President’s Remarks on Marriage Equality Draw Fire From Gay Rights Group

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

French President's Remarks on Marriage Equality Draw Fire From Gay Rights GroupFrance’s leading gay rights lobby is denouncing remarks made by President Francois Hollande, France 24 reports:

The Inter-LGBT said it was “suspending all relations with the government” until Hollande explained “what at best can be termed a clumsy act and at worse, treachery.”

Hollande stirred controversy on Tuesday by saying that French mayors could opt out of officiating at gay weddings. He invoked the right to “freedom of conscience” after mounting opposition and a huge rally in Paris Saturday against the proposed “marriage for everyone” law.

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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France: Mayors Propose Addition of “Conscience” Clause to Marriage Equality Law

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

France: Mayors Propose Addition of "Conscience" Clause to Marriage Equality Law“Marriage is contracted by two people of different sexes or the same sex.” This is the wording of the key article in the draft law to legalize civil marriage for gay people, which France’s Council of Ministers will examine on 31 October. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault confirmed this on Wednesday, October 10, adding that he hoped for a quick vote so that the reform, a campaign promise made by President Francois Hollande, could be implemented next year.

Although the issues of adoption and medically assisted procreation by gay couples have been deferred to later legislation, the debate over gay marriage is still not closed. Many politicians, mostly from the right or the extreme right, are virulently opposed to the measure, which several major religious leaders have also rejected.

Beyond a few over-reactions that led some political and religious figures to associate gay marriage with incest and polygamy, the revolt by local officials against this “social issue” is getting organized. Several have already announced they will simply not apply the law in their town halls.

See the Full Story at the Huffington Post

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US: 25 Big City Mayors Haven’t Signed Marriage Equality Pledge

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a project of Evan Wolfson’s Freedom to Marry organization, asks city bosses to sign a pledge backing marriage equality. So far, 154 mayors have signed the pledge, with 25 coming from the top 50 most populous U.S. cities. But that means there are 25 big-city mayors who still haven’t signed.

Among them are Mike Rawlings of Dallas, who angered many with the following explanation: “I’m a bit pledge-phobic. I think America has got too many pledges out there and I think it’s simplistic and not substantive. I’m a mayor that wants to be substantive.”

Full Story from The Advocate

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VT: Gay Activists Call on State’s Mayors to Support Federal Marriage Equality

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Vermont Mayors and Marriage EqualityThe Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force and Truth Wins Out announced the launch of a collaborative campaign this week calling on the state’s eight mayors to stand up for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender constituents by signing the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Statement.

Constituents are hand-delivering and mailing letters to the mayors of Barre, Burlington, Montpelier, Newport, Rutland, St. Albans, Vergennes, and Winooski urging them to promptly add their names to the list of signatories, which currently numbers more than 150.

The statement, released last month by the national organization Freedom to Marry, is a public declaration of support for full federal civil marriage equality. Signers represent a broad-based coalition of mayors from cities and towns across America — large and small, from red and blue states alike — who pledge to work “to build an America where all people can share in the love and commitment of marriage.” However, at the time the statement was released, not one Vermont mayor had signed.

Full Story from VT Digger

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More Mayors Join Freedom to Marry

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Freedom to MarryThe number of mayors from across the country who have pledged to support marriage equality via the Mayors For the Freedom To Marry campaign has now reached 141.

Among the additions are Charles Lombardi of North Providence, R.I.; Claire Fortier of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, Calif.; and Satyendra Singh Huja of Charlottesville, Va.

Huja is the first mayor to sign on from the state of Virginia.

Full Story from The Advocate

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