Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman is joining about 80 other mayors across the country in supporting same-sex marriage nationwide.
Friedman said she joined the effort, called” Mayors for the Freedom to Marry,” because she believes in equal rights for all.
“It’s a human rights issue,” Friedman said, adding that she participated as an individual, not representing her colleagues on City Council or the city.
She recalled a gay friend who was in the hospital and his partner was not allowed to stay after regular visiting hours, which is usually permitted for traditional spouses.
“It’s a question of human dignity,” she said.
There are also economic issues that gay couples face regarding taxation, as well as potential custodial problems. If a gay or lesbian couple adopts a child, only one parent can be the legal guardian.
In some states, “If that parent dies, that child would be an orphan,” Friedman said.
-- Mark Kellam, Times Community News
Photo: Glendale mayor Laura Friedman speaks at the 10th Annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration on April 25, 2011 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Credit: Times Community News