LOS ANGELES – In a brief led by the office of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike
Feuer, the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, 226
mayors and 39 cities (including Los Angeles) joined with a key civil rights group
and municipal attorneys organization to urge that the U.S. Supreme Court uphold
the right of Gay and Lesbian couples to marry.
"Being able to marry whom you love is a fundamental civil right," said Los
Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "I'm proud our Office has played a leading role
in representing such a diverse coalition of municipal leaders, cities and
organizations in unequivocal support of marriage equality. This is an historic
cause whose time has come."
The United States Supreme Court in January announced that it would take up
the question of whether the Constitution ensures that same-sex couples can
marry, hearing all four cases from the Sixth Circuit (Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan,
and Tennessee). A final ruling is expected in June 2015.
"Our country was founded on the principle that all Americans are to be treated
equally. Los Angeles is taking a stand on these cases to move us closer to
fulfilling the promise of our nation," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I want
to thank City Attorney Mike Feuer and his team for their work in writing this brief,
which articulates the values of our city: that all of us are created equal and that
marriage is a fundamental right."
The brief, drafted by the Los Angeles City Attorney and joined by a host of
partners, makes a strong case in support of marriage equality. The brief asserts
that excluding a certain class of people from marriage undermines the dignity
and respect that government owes everyone. It discusses the strong municipal
interests associated with the freedom of all--irrespective of sexual orientation--to
marry, and argues that marriage equality cannot have full meaning unless it is
recognized uniformly across state lines.
The brief was joined by 226 mayors including the Mayors of Cincinnati, Salt Lake
City, Tallahassee, Fayetteville, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Boise,
Orlando, and San Diego, the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of
Mayors, 39 cities including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago,
International Municipal Lawyers Association and Freedom To Marry.