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Ask California's Mayors: Speak out against Prop 8. The Supreme Court is watching.

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    On March 26, the Supreme Court will hear the Prop 8 case. We have a voice in the courtroom. Right now, Courage Campaign is coming together with Mayors from Sacramento all the way down to San Diego to let the Supreme Court know: Prop 8 is bad for our cities and our communities. But some Mayors haven't joined us to speak with one loud, clear voice.

    No matter where you live, can you take a second to e-mail California's Mayors and ask them to sign our joint statement against Prop 8? Click here to read it and e-mail with just a click of a button:

    Leaders like Mayors Villaraigosa and Quan from cities as large as LA and Oakland have joined our call, and as small as Monte Sereno and Healdsburg, where Mayors Curtis and Jones know Prop 8 divides their communities and denies respect, dignity and equality to their gay and lesbian citizens. Now we need the rest of California to join with one voice to tell the Supreme Court: Prop 8 is unconstitutional and must go.

    Click here to join California's civic leaders and help end Prop 8.:


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    E-mail California's Mayors and ask him/her to sign the California Mayors United Against Proposition 8 statement!

    Statement of California Mayors United Against Proposition 8

    Concerning Hollingsworth v. Perry

    As the Supreme Court of the United States considers the fate of Proposition 8, we call upon the justices to consider carefully our special role in leading the people of California’s cities.

    As Mayors, we have a responsibility to unite our cities, not divide them. Key to that is building family integrity, including ensuring all loving, committed couples in our cities have the same freedoms and rights. Proposition 8 created separate and unequal status for same-sex couples throughout California, and denies equality to same-sex couples, violating the Constitutional guarantee of due process and equal protection. In the words of Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, “(it) has no effect other than to lessen the status and dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”

    As Mayors, we have a special view of the separate class system created by Proposition 8. Individuals who are public servants and work to improve our cities do not receive important benefits for their loved ones as other couples do, because they are denied the recognition of marriage. Residents of our cities who work in the private sector must hope that their private employer confers such benefits upon same-sex couples, while their heterosexual co-workers do not face such obstacles. Proposition 8 has only served to divide our city into groups, one with more rights and dignity than the other.

    We encourage the Supreme Court to find Proposition 8 unconstitutional and restore the freedom to marry to all of California’s loving, committed couples.


    Mayor Bates, Berkeley

    Mayor Brinton, Arcata

    Mayor Boardman, Huntington Beach

    Mayor Cabaldon, West Sacramento

    Mayor Cassidy, San Leandro

    Mayor Curtis, Monte Sereno

    Mayor Filner, San Diego

    Mayor Foster, Long Beach

    Mayor Gin, Redondo Beach

    Mayor Glass, Petaluma

    Mayor Golonski, Brubank

    Mayor Harrison, Fremont

    Mayor Hines, Rancho Mirage

    Mayor Johnson, Sacramento

    Mayor Jones, Healdsburg

    Mayor Krovoza, Davis

    Mayor Landman, Cotati

    Mayor Lim, San Mateo

    Mayor Low, Campbell

    Mayor Matthews, Santa Clara

    Mayor McLaughlin, Richmond

    Mayor Pougnet, Palm Springs

    Mayor Prang, West Hollywood

    Mayor Quan, Oakland

    Mayor Schneider, Santa Barbara

    Mayor Spitaleri, Sunnyvale

    Mayor Villaraigosa, Los Angeles

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