St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges are among 226 mayors from across the country who signed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to support gay marriage.
The court will hold oral arguments on the issue next month.
The mayors signing the brief want the court to rule that all couples have the constitutional right to marry.
The gist of the mayoral brief, prepared by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office and delivered today to the court:
- Excluding a certain class of citizens from marriage undermines the dignity and respect that government owes all its citizens;
- Official recognition of marriage as a fundamental right of all citizens, including gay men and lesbians, is crucial to municipalities and their ability to treat citizens with equal dignity and respect
- Marriage equality cannot have full meaning unless it is recognized uniformly across state lines.
Said Coleman in a statement:
“Saint Paul is proud of its long history of fighting for civil and human rights for all people. We share in this responsibility to move our country forward and to stand up for the right of caring, mature adults to love whomever they want, and to display that love through marriage.”
And Hodges said:
“We have made a lot of progress here in Minnesota when it comes to recognizing the freedom to marry for all couples, but we’re not there yet. There are still couples in our community waiting for the federal government to legally recognize their marriages, and many more in states with zero legal recognition. I am proud to add my name to the growing list of people who believe the Supreme Court should recognize that all people deserve to marry the person they love.”
Following the April arguments, a court decision is expected in June.