The mayors of Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Oakland, West Hollywood and 20 other cities in California signed a letter urging the Supreme Court to rule the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8, unconstitutional.
The letter, released by CourageCampaign.org, comes as the SCOTUS prepares to hear Prop 8 arguments today in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry. It reads in part:
“As Mayors, we have a special view of the separate class system created by Proposition 8. Individuals who are public servants and work to improve our cities do not receive important benefits for their loved ones as other couples do, because they are denied the recognition of marriage Residents of our cities who work in the private sector must hope that their private employer confers such benefits upon same--sex couples, while their heterosexual co--workers do not face such obstacles. Proposition 8 has only served to divide our city into groups, one with more rights and dignity than the other.”
You can read the full letter here.