Rick Kriseman to sign “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” pledge on Thursday

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will put pen to paper for his commitment to marriage equality by signing the “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” pledge on Thursday.

Rick Kriseman joins San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the leaders of more than 400 cities and towns in 40 states and Washington, D.C., each vowing to end marriage discrimination at all levels of government.

The signing ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at the Mayor’s office in City Hall at 175 Fifth St. N.

“By signing this pledge,” Kriseman said in a statement, “we’re taking one more step towards creating a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live, work and play.”

Following the signing, Rick Kriseman will join City Council Members in Chambers for the 3:00 pm meeting, to declare June as Pride Month, as well as other related proclamations.

According to the Freedom to Marry website, the goal is to shape the national strategy that brings us to the “point of extraordinary momentum and opportunity” in ending “the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage once and for all.”

For more information on the Mayors pledge, visit FreedonToMarry.org.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.