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San Diego City Council Votes to Support Same-Sex Marriage

The San Diego City Council yesterday voted 5-3 to add their support to an "amicus brief" which already has the support of Los Angeles, San Jose, Long Beach and Oakland and other California municipalities.

SandiegoThe "friend-of-the-court" brief is directed at the California Supreme Court and urges the court to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The North County times reports: "Mayor Jerry Sanders has pledged to veto the council's decision to join in the legal brief in support of same-sex marriage. 'He is for civil unions, not for gay marriage,' said Fred Sainz, Sanders' spokesman. 'He believes that the city's efforts should be centered on fiscal stability and the managerial health of the city.' The council can overturn the veto with a majority vote. About 100 people on both sides of the issue packed the council chamber."

Gay Marriage Backed [san diego union tribune]

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  1. Of course the irony is that Mayor Sanders' spokesperson, Fred Sainz, is gay. I wonder how thrilled he must be to represent such a complete schmuck.

    Posted by: SDboy | Sep 19, 2007 3:54:56 PM

  2. This is kind of impressive, San Diego is somewhat conservative.

    Posted by: db | Sep 19, 2007 4:01:24 PM

  3. They got it right the second time around. Hopefully they'll get it right one more time to overide the impending veto.

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 19, 2007 5:01:29 PM

  4. A navy town with a fair number of bath houses. Maybe one day I actually go there.

    Posted by: anon ( | Sep 19, 2007 5:09:51 PM

  5. I wonder how the elderly, bitter, anti-gay former mayor Pete Wilson is handling this and Arnold? San Diego is one of the most "conservative" cites in the country,much more so than any of the other cites mentioned, this is big news and good news! And, my former hometown no less! never would have seen this one coming!

    Posted by: Sebastian | Sep 19, 2007 5:39:23 PM

  6. Too bad this vote wasn't taken when open lesbian City Councilwoman Toni Atkins was acting Mayor for 6 months in 2005. Considering City Councilwoman Chris Kehoe served for YEARS on this council before going on to the California State Assembly and State Senate it's actually surprising to see this be an issue considering gays run that town. I suggest Mayor Sanders keep his word and introduce civil union legislation on tomorrow's San Diego City Council agenda. The congrats really should go out to San Francisco City Attorney-Dennis Herrera and SF Mayor Gavin Newsom for really pushing this statewide and getting those other cities to affirm their support.

    Posted by: ShawnSF | Sep 19, 2007 8:53:01 PM

  7. Sanders reversed his position later in the day. Referencing his daughter, a lesbian, and two staff members, he announced this afternoon that he will sign the resolution and that he now supports gay marriage.

    Posted by: Chuck | Sep 19, 2007 10:29:54 PM

  8. Quite remarkable that Sanders reversed. It was a touching news conference. Here is the story:

    Posted by: Kirk | Sep 19, 2007 11:58:18 PM

  9. sweet. thx mayor sanders! i'm a proud san diegan tonight. :)

    Posted by: Phil | Sep 20, 2007 2:35:23 AM

  10. Mayor Sanders very emotional press conference was lead on most of the local news tonight. I think the NBC channel went with something else. He said his lesbian daughter told him she would support him no matter what but he just could not look her and gay staffers in the eye if he had gone ahead with the veto. He said he had to separate the politics from doing what he believed was best for the community and that he could not ask lebians and gays to be less than everyone else. He said he thought they deserved what 'we all want for our loved ones: a mate to love and who loves them' as he loves his wife.

    It was a very moving and on target statement. I didn't really support him when he ran but this moment of public leadership over politics makes a big difference to me.

    For those who keep score, he's a Republican.

    Posted by: queendru | Sep 20, 2007 2:44:01 AM

  11. Civil unions are a positive step.

    Posted by: Loud | Sep 20, 2007 6:33:18 AM

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