Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who serves as chair of the Democratic National Convention and a co-chair of the “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” coalition, has announced his support for a marriage plank in the Democratic Party’s 2012 national platform.
“I believe in family values and I believe that we all want to be able to have a family and marry if we want to.
“I don’t think the government should be in that business of denying people the fundamental right to marry,” Villaraigosa said.
Villaraigosa joins a growing number of elected officials and prominent members of the Democratic Party who have endorsed a marriage plank, including 22 U.S. Senators, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and seven Obama Campaign co-chairs.
Villaraigosa also co-leads the bipartisan “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” coalition, which now includes more than 175 mayors from 32 states who support marriage for gay and lesbian couples.