Cincinnati Mayor Urges 6th Circuit to Strike Down Marriage Ban

Mayor John Cranley one of 18 Ohio mayors who support marriage, 488 nationally

New York –(ENEWSPF)–August 14, 2014.  On the heels of oral arguments in two Ohio marriage cases presented before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last week, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley today urged the appeals court to strike down the state’s marriage ban, on behalf of his gay and lesbian constituents.

“Allowing same-sex couples to marry is a matter of basic fairness and decency,” said John Cranley, mayor of Cincinnati and a member of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. “Everyone in Ohio should be free to marry the person they love and be able to care for them by sharing in the same protections as everyone else. Thousands of gay couples in Ohio are raising families, and they should be treated with dignity and respect. The 6th Circuit Court can and should strike down the marriage ban in Ohio as soon as possible.”

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Cranley is one of 18 mayors across the Buckeye State who support the freedom to marry. Others include Frank Jackson of Cleveland; Michael Coleman of Columbus; Nan Whaley of Dayton; John McNally of Youngstown; Don Plusquellic of Akron; Dennis Wilcox of Cleveland Heights; Gary Norton of East Cleveland; William Healy of Canton; David Berger of Lima; Joe Cicero, Jr. of Lyndhurst; Susan Renda of Moreland Hills; Richard Bain of Pepper Pike; Georgine Welo of South Euclid; David Foubert of Yellow Springs; Sara Drew of Stow; Mike Summers of Lakewood; and Kim Maggard of Whitehall.

52% of Ohioans support same-sex couples’ freedom to marry.

Ohio’s mayors are part of a national list of approximately 488 mayors who support the freedom to marry. The full list can be found here.

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.


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