Tom Menino on Civil Rights



You know what we call "same sex couples"? Our friends

All Americans are proud to carry the torch of progress, and in Boston, we take that job very seriously. Mitt Romney may come from Boston, but his campaign's values aren't Boston values. Because in Boston, we know this country didn't become great by excluding folks and leaving each other on their own. In Boston you know what we call immigrants? Mom & Dad. You know what we call "same sex couples"? Our friends. Our brothers and sisters. And in Boston, we know government isn't the enemy. It's a partner
Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech , Sep 5, 2012

Co-chaired "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" effort

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has signed onto the "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" effort. Houston's Annise Parker had previously joined the effort, serving as co-chair. So that's 3 Texas Mayors down, 1,212 to go.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is still refusing to sign onto the pledge, despite a petition with 253 signatures and promises of protests at his upcoming public events.

The group has also added two new co-chairs, San Diego's Jerry Sanders and Boston's Thomas Menino; with New York's Michael Bloomberg, L.A.'s Antonio Villaraigosa and Houston's own Annise Parker. The five-co-chairs issued the following statement: Source: Dallas Voice, "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" , Jan 20, 2012

Ordered domestic partners benefits for municipal staff

Source: Memo to Archbishop from Catholic Action League of Mass. , Dec 9, 2005

Supports same-sex marriage & teaching affirmation in schools

Source: Memo to Archbishop from Catholic Action League of Mass. , Dec 9, 2005

Leads Boston's annual Gay Pride parade

Source: Memo to Archbishop from Catholic Action League of Mass. , Dec 9, 2005

Celebrated first gay marriage; "We've broken down a barrier"

Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to grant gay couples marriage licenses Monday, with hundreds of couples lining up overnight to fill out marriage applications. Tanya McCloskey, 52, and Marcia Kadish, 56, of Malden, Mass., were among the first to be married after 18 years together. On May 17, 2004, Mayor Thomas Menino greeted them personally. "Once again, we've broken down a barrier in the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts," Menino said. "That's what it's all about."
Source: PBS Online News Hour , May 17, 2004

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Bill de Blasio (D,NYC)
Rahm Emanuel (D,Chicago)
Bob Filner (D,San Diego)
Steven Fulop (D,Jersey City)
Eric Garcetti (D,Los Angeles)
Mike Rawlings (D,Dallas)
Marty Walsh (D,Boston)

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Rocky Anderson (I,Salt Lake City)
Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee,WI)
Mike Bloomberg (I,New York City)
Cory Booker (D,Newark,NJ)
Jerry Brown (D,Oakland,CA)
Julian Castro (D,San Antonio,TX)
Rudy Giuliani (R,New York City)
Phil Gordon (D,Phoenix)
Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Dennis Kucinch (D,Cleveland,OH)
Michael Nutter (D,Philadelphia)
Sarah Palin (R,Wasilla,AK)
Annise Parker (D,Houston)
Jerry Sanders (R,San Diego)
Antonio Villaraigosa (D,Los Angeles)
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