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Los Angeles mayor Villaraigosa joins campaign for marriage equality

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is an “American for Marriage Equality.”

Villaraigosa, mayor of the nation’s second most populous city, said in a video released by the Human Rights Campaign on Thursday, that “gays and lesbians should be afforded the same fundamental rights as all Americans, to love whomever they choose, and to proclaim that love with marriage.”

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“Mayor Villaraigosa has been a trailblazer in the fight for LGBT equality since the beginning,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Not only has the Mayor stood up against Prop. 8 in California, he’s continued to be at the forefront in using his powerful voice to send a message of fairness and equality all across the country.”

Since his service in the California State Assembly to his tenure as the Mayor, Villaraigosa has been an active supporter of the LGBT community for decades — he has publicly supported marriage equality and has called for the repeal of Proposition 8, which stripped away marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in California in 2008.

Villaraigosa’s is the twenty-fifth video release by HRC for the “Americans for Marriage Equality,” a public engagement campaign featuring prominent Americans who support marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. I love that man, on the fo reals.

    Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 6:26pm
  2. Thank you!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 6:29pm
  3. Seriously, this guy is awesome. A great mayor.

    Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 6:33pm
  4. we all deserve the same right and marriage aint only for straight ppl its for us gays to

    Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 6:41pm
  5. That is nice of him, but he is still creepy

    Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 7:04pm
  6. My opinion towards Villaraigosa is neutral. It’s not for me to know what to give or not give him credit for.

    Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 7:51pm
  7. marraige is an institution. do you want to live in an institution? seriously, no two marraiges will ever be equal, until all people are equal, and the same

    Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 8:19pm
  8. Good for you Mr. Mayor L.A. needs you!

    Posted on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 3:55am