Park City Mayor Dana Williams joined more than 75 other mayors from around the country in a drive to advocate marriage equality for gays and lesbians. Freedom to Marry, a campaign to win marriage nationwide, launched Mayors for the Freedom to Marry at a press conference during the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, and Williams pledged his support.
By joining the group, mayors sign and pledge the expansion of public and political support to ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.
The broad-based coalition of mayors includes Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Annise Parker of Houston, and is chaired by mayors Jerry Sanders of San Diego, Thomas Menino of Boston, Michael Bloomberg of New York and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles.
Williams was first elected to office in 2002 and has signed and supported other pro-queer initiatives, including ordinances protecting against bias in the workplace and housing based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Williams is the only Utah mayor who has signed the pledge.