-- U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Baltimore Mayor
"Today is a great day for America's families. The U.S. Conference of Mayors hails the Supreme Court's decisions today on marriage equality. This historic decision will dramatically improve the lives of same-sex couples in cities across the nation.
"It is particularly gratifying for an organization such as ours that has been in the forefront of efforts to provide full equality for gay and lesbian Americans since 1984. USCM adopted policy opposing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in 1984. In 2009, we adopted policy in support of the freedom to marry, and one year ago reaffirmed that policy and urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that freedom to marry is the right of all Americans.
"The Conference was proud to sign onto a brief along with 226 mayors, 40 cities, Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, and other national organizations that urged the Court to end marriage discrimination nationwide. We all believed it was the right thing to do, and now, the Supreme Court has affirmed that belief and made marriage equality the law of the land."
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