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gaymarriage.jpgAs the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments on California's same-sex marriage ban Tuesday, mayors of 25 California cities are urging the court to find the measure, Proposition 8, unconstitutional.

"As mayors, we have a responsibility to unite our cities, not divide them," the mayors say in a statement circulated by the liberal Courage Campaign. "Key to that is building family integrity, including insuring all loving, committed couples in our cities have the same freedoms and rights."

Mayors of Los Angeles, Sacramento, West Sacramento and Oakland are among those who have signed the statement. The statement does not include the signature of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, an opponent of Proposition 8.

Lee ordered a rainbow flag to be flown at San Francisco City Hall through Wednesday, and he issued a statement of his own.

"Here in San Francisco, we stand ready to once again to begin marrying same sex couples," he said. "We remain as deeply committed to the fight for marriage equality today as we were nearly nine years ago when then Mayor Gavin Newsom led the charge on one of the most important civil rights issues of our generation to ensure equal protections and rights for all."

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday about the same-sex marriage ban California voters adopted in 2008. A federal appeals court previously ruled the ban unconstitutional.

Editor's note: Post updated at 2:35 p.m. to include remarks from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jessica Skrebes of Washington reads on Saturday, while waiting in line with others outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. Associated Press/Jacquelyn Martin


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