Ashland Mayor, City Council endorse same-sex marriage

Ashland Mayor John Stromberg and all six Ashland City Council members have endorsed a statement supporting the right of same-sex couples to marry.

"As mayor and council members of a great Oregon city, we proudly stand together in support of the freedom of same-sex couples to marry," the statement reads.

Last week, Stromberg and all councilors agreed to sign the statement. They each plan to drop by Ashland City Hall by Friday to sign their names.

The statement continues, "We personally know many gay and lesbian people living in our cities and towns who are in committed, loving relationships, who are active participants in the civic life of our communities, and who deserve to be able to marry the person with whom they share their life."

The statement says that the signatories look forward to helping build a nation where all people can share in the love and commitment of marriage.

Stromberg and the councilors agreed to sign the statement after being asked to do so by Southern Oregon Pride, a local organization that supports gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people.

"I'm very excited that I live in a place where I'm not just tolerated, I'm welcomed," said Gina DuQuenne, president of the Southern Oregon Pride board of directors.

— Vickie Aldous

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