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St. Pete mayor signs marriage equality pledge

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St. Petersburg’s mayor says the city believes in equality for everyone, and he showed that Thursday by signing the "Freedom to Marry" pledge.

The pledge sends a message to lawmakers that everyone should have the right to marry the one they love.

More than 400 mayors from nearly 40 states and Washington D.C. have signed the pledge.

Kriseman says this is a step toward creating a city of opportunity for everyone.

"I know of too many people who have had to leave St. Pete and the state of Florida to get married to the person they've been in love with for years. And they should be able to do that in the place they live. I look at this as, it's a step in that direction," Kriseman said.

Kriseman’s signing of the pledge comes just weeks before St. Pete Pride, the weekend of the 27th through the 29th. The parade and street festival are the largest in the southeastern United States.

Kriseman’s support of the Pride events and his stance on gay marriage are in stark contrast to his predecessors. Mayor Bill Foster and Mayor Rick Baker refused to attend the parades or sign pride proclamations.

Since the parade started in 2003, it gone from attracting a crowd of thousands to an estimated 125,000 people in 2013, according to organizers.

LINKS: St. Pete Pride | Freedom to Marry pledge

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