Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday said he supports an effort to add marriage equality to the 2012 Democratic Party Platform.

When asked by POLITICO.com's Mike Allen whether he thought that “the Democratic national platform should have a marriage equality plank,” Villaraigosa answered, “I do.”

“I think it's basic to who we are,” he said. “I believe in family values and I believe that we all ought to be able to have a family, to marry if you want to. I don't think the government should be in that business, of denying people the fundamental right to marry.”

“We want to make this the most accessible convention possible,” he added. “The delegates will make the decision on the platform, but I do support it and certainly have for a long time.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Along with Mayors Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Mike Bloomberg of New York, Villaraigosa has been named a co-chair of the group Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, which launched in January. Villaraigosa has also been named the chairman of the Democratic National Convention.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign has decline to say whether President Barack Obama supports the effort, ThinkProgress.org reported.

“Look, we're a big tent party here,” campaign manager Jim Messina said during a conference call with reporters. “POTUS has a great record on fighting for fundamental fairness for all Americans. You know, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and many other accomplishments we are very, very proud of. You know, there's a process – there's not even a delegate platform committee yet – there's a process to go through this discussion, and the DNC will go through that, and we will have a platform.”

(Related: Democratic senators support adding gay marriage to party platform.)