Tennessee may have the distinction of having the first judge to rule in favor of a same-sex marriage ban, but it also now has the mayor from its capital city announcing support for same-sex marriage.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean became the state's first mayor to join the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry campaign, a coalition of around 500 mayors "who are making the case for marriage for same-sex couples in their communities," according to a release from the campaign earlier today.
The campaign now boasts at least one mayor from every Southern state.
“I believe that all people should be treated fairly and equally and that their individual dignity should be respected,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in a statement. “Embracing and celebrating our growing diversity makes our city stronger. Nashville needs to continue in that direction, and it’s my hope that joining this effort will help us do that.”
The Flyer has contacted Mayor A C Wharton's office to determine whether or not he will also sign on to the campaign. We'll keep you posted. (UPDATE: One day after the contact with Wharton's office, there has been no response.)