Mayor Diossa to U.S. Supreme Court: Make marriage equality the law of the land.
CENTRAL FALLS - Mayor James Diossa last week joined 225 other Mayors in signing onto a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief urging the Supreme Court to end marriage discrimination nationwide. The brief is available on the Central Falls Law Department website at this link.
The brief includes Mayors from towns as small as Thompson, North Dakota, to the largest five cities in the nation, as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the National League of Cities.
“Marriage tells our communities that two people are uniquely committed to one another and all loving couples deserve the dignity and respect only marriage affords,” said Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. “It is time to make marriage equality the law of the land."
Mayor Diossa was a founding member of Mayors for Equality in Rhode Island in 2013 and is a member of the national Freedom to Marry coalition. This is the second amicus brief that Central Falls has signed onto this year. Central Falls recently joined other cities and towns in filing a brief in support of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration reform.
The brief was authored by the City Attorney’s Office of Los Angeles and was filed at the U.S. Supreme Court Friday morning. The U.S. Supreme Court has granted four petitions to four states – Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee – for rulings in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld same-sex marriage bans. The nine justices will be hearing oral arguments in April, with a decision expected by June on whether or not same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. This brief urges the Supreme Court to rule in favor of the freedom to marry for all.
The Freedom to Marry coalition, which includes hundreds of mayors from across the country, stands together to communicate the following to the highest Court:
- First, excluding a certain class of citizens from marriage undermines the dignity and respect that government owes all its citizens;
- Second, official recognition of marriage as a fundamental right of all citizens, including gay men and lesbians, is crucial to municipalities and their ability to treat citizens with equal dignity and respect; and
- Third, marriage equality cannot have full meaning unless it is recognized uniformly across state lines.
“We launched Mayors for the Freedom to Marry three years ago because mayors are closest to their constituents and communities and singularly able to make the case that marriage makes for stronger families and a more vibrant economy,” said Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry. “We’re very proud of the 700 mayors who have been a part of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry over the three years of this campaign. This brief demonstrates the diversity of leaders across the country who know that America is ready for the freedom to marry and want the Supreme Court to bring our country to national resolution.”