Freedom to Marry announces that 35 mayors from throughout Florida now support the rights of same-sex couples to marry, including Tallahassee Mayor John Marks.
Marks appears in a new video for Freedom to Marry:
Tallahassee Mayor John Marks shares why he supports the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. "This is the right thing to do. Individuals have rights and freedoms, and we need to allow everybody to have those same rights and those same freedoms."
“Our list in Florida is the largest of all 31 states that don't yet have marriage for same-sex couples – and with a ruling expected soon in one of two Florida lawsuits in state court, we think this support makes a big difference in putting the pressure on the judges,” Freedom to Marry spokeswoman Angela Dallara writes in an email to me.
“Notably, while one of the Florida marriage cases comes out of Miami, our list does not include Miami's Republican Mayor Tomás Pedro Regalado,” Dallara writes.
Here’s the complete Freedom to Marry news release about the 35 mayors:
Florida Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Surge
Bipartisan list grows to 35 in the state, 450 nationally
New York – As we await rulings in multiple marriage cases making their way through courts in Florida,Southerners for the Freedom to Marry – in partnership with Equality Florida – announced the addition of several new mayors across the Sunshine State who support marriage for same-sex couples. They include Marni Sawicki of Cape Coral, Sam Henderson of Gulfport, and Claire Schubert of Hillsboro Beach. In addition, John Marks of Tallahassee is featured in a new web ad about his support for marriage.
The list of 35 Florida mayors – representing Orlando, Key West, St. Petersburg, Lake Worth, and Miami Beach – can be found here. Of the 31 states where gay couples are barred from marrying, Florida has the highest number of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Four of the 35 are Republicans.
Southerners for the Freedom to Marry is a project of Freedom to Marry.
“Americans have come to understand that it is wrong to exclude loving, committed gay couples from marriage – and a stunning 57% of Floridians agree," said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. "Florida mayors are making the case that ending marriage discrimination is the right thing for America, for their communities, for business and the economy, and for the tens of thousands of same-sex couples who call Florida home. Marriage strengthens families and communities, and it's time to end marriage discrimination in Florida, and in America, once and for all."
A supermajority of Americans support the freedom to marry, including a majority of young evangelicals and Republicans under 45.
Other Florida Mayors for the Freedom to Marry include: Buddy Dyer of Orlando, Craig Cates of Key West, Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg, Cindy Lerner of Pinecrest, Jeri Muoio of West Palm Beach, Harry Dressler of Tamarac, Philip Levine of Miami Beach, Lisa Aronson of Coconut Creek, Peter Bober of Hollywood, Joy Cooper of Hallandale Beach, David Coviello of Biscayne Park, Richard Kaplan of Lauderhill, Shari McCartney of Oakland Park, Russ Barley of Freeport, Sue Lynn of Anna Maria, Daniel Dietch of Surfside, Lesa Peerman of Margate, Pat Gerard of Largo, Connie Leon Kreps of North Bay Village, Teresa Zemaitis of Kenneth City, Rob Downey of Melbourne Village, Phillip K. Stoddard of South Miami, Ashira Mohammed of Pembroke Park, Lori Moseley of Miramar, Frank Ortis of Pembroke Pines, Judy Paul of Davie, Gary Resnick of Wilton Manors, Michael Ryan of Sunrise, Barbara Sharief of Broward County, Pam Trioloof of Lake Worth, and Michael Udine of Parkland.
Florida's mayors are part of a national list of approximately 450 mayors who support the freedom to marry. The full list can be found here.