LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage:

“Only a day after the disheartening passage of Amendment 1 in North Carolina, the supporters of marriage equality now have a reason to celebrate. With his inspired declaration of support for same-sex marriage, President Obama has significantly advanced the cause of human rights and equality in the United States.

“We look forward to the day when all Americans – gay and straight – are free to follow their hearts and marry the person they love. If we truly believe in family values, we should value all families.”