Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
on Monday publicly endorsed marriage equality.
Foxx, the former mayor of Charlotte,
North Carolina, was asked his opinion on a federal challenge to
Virginia's ban on gay marriage. The case's outcome could have an
impact on North Carolina, since both states are under the
jurisdiction of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.
Foxx answered that he hopes the appeals court upholds a lower court's
order which struck down Virginia's ban.
“I support same-sex marriage,”
answered Foxx, 43.
“Who someone loves should never be an
issue at work or anyplace else. And as a mayor I was the first
mayor to even go met with the LGBT community. I was, unlike my
predecessor, someone who went out and went to the annual Human Rights
Campaign dinner and signed a letter. I did a lot of things.”
“I think this is a place where the
country's attitudes are shifting. And I think North Carolina got it
wrong. I hope they get it right,” he added.