The mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa announced he supports a marriage plank in the Democratic Party’s 2012 national platform.
Villaraigosa joins members of the Democratic Party who have endorsed a marriage plank, including 22 U.S. Senators, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and seven Obama Campaign co-chairs.
"It’s basically who we are," he told Politico’s Mike Allen, "I believe in family values and I believe that we all want to be able to have a family and marry if we want to. I don’t think the government should be in that business of denying people the fundamental right to marry.
"We believe that the government shouldn’t be getting in the lives—interfering with the fundamental liberty, the fundamental right to have a family, to marry," he added.
"It’s been amazing the number of people who’ve just said, let’s stop the culture wars. Let’s get the government out of that business. Let’s focus on what’s important: the economy, getting people back to work."