CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Several mayors of cities across the Carolinas have signed onto a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, as it prepares to take up arguments on marriage equality in April.
The brief was submitted by Freedom to Marry’s Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Coalition. The brief was signed by 226 individually named mayors, in addition to 40 cities across the country.
Los Angeles’ city attorney authored the brief, to be filed at the Supreme Court today.
“Municipalities, as the level of government most closely connected to the community they serve, bear a great burden when a target sector of their populace is denied the right to marry,” the brief reads in part. “When the freedom to marry is denied, municipalities are the first level of government to suffer the impact.”
Carolinas mayors signing onto the brief include: Durham’s William Bell, Chapel Hill’s Mark Kleinschmidt, Carrboro’s Lydia Lavelle, Asheville’s Esther Manheimer, Creedmoor’s Darryl Moss, Hillsborough’s Tom Stevens and Sarah Sherwood, mayor of Abbeville, S.C.
Additionally, the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill also signed the brief.