Austin City Council Unanimously Supports Marriage Equality
September 27, 2012 by HRC staff
This post comes from HRC Editorial and Digital Media Intern Leanne Naramore:
The Austin City Council unanimously passed a resolution today that declares the city’s support for marriage equality.
Equality Texas, the organization leading the state’s fight for LGBT equality, calls today’s vote “the first time in recent history that so many local advocacy organizations in Austin have united in support of equality.”
Equality Texas released this statement on their Facebook page following the passage of the resolution:
“The Austin City Council UNANIMOUSLY passes resolution supporting the freedom to marry! Thanks to resolution sponsors Mayor Leffingwell, Mayor Pro Tem Cole and Council Member Morrison. Thanks also to coalition partner Equality Texas, Human Rights Campaign, Anti-Defamation League, NAACP, MALDEF, and allgo for making it a reality!”
Austin is now the first city in Texas whose City Council officially supports marriage equality.
“Passage of this resolution [sends] the message to state and national leaders that Austin is a community that values equality for all it citizens. The resolution [also sends] the message that the City of Austin believes all couples in loving and committed relationships should be given the opportunity to create stronger and more successful families through civil marriage.”
We applaud the Austin City Council and the various organizations and political leaders who worked to pass this resolution. Let’s keep the momentum going for LGBT equality in Texas!