Villaraigosa Backs Proposal to Add Marriage Equality to Democratic Platform
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday endorsed a proposal that would add marriage for same-sex couples to the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform.
"It’s basic to who we are," he told Politico’s Mike Allen at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. "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, who chairs the 2012 Democratic National Convention, endorsed the proposed plank less than a week after U.S. Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and 18 other senators publicly backed it. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is among the other Democrats who have also endorsed the proposal.
Villaraigosa also co-chairs a bi-partisan coalition of 175 mayors that includes San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who back marriage for same-sex couples.
"We believe that the government shouldn’t be getting in the lives-interfering with the fundamental liberty, the fundamental right to have a family, to marry," he said.
"It’s been amazing the number of people who’ve just said, let’s stop the culture wars. Let’s get the government out of that business. Let’s focus on what’s important: the economy, getting people back to work."