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NOM Says San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders the Reason Prop 8 Got on the Ballot

San Diego Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders testified in the federal Prop 8 trial today, and the courtroom was shown a video of the September 2007 press conference at which he declared he was supporting marriage equality:

Jerry_sanders "San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who questioned Sanders, asked why he was so emotional on the video.' I came very close to showing the prejudice I obviously had toward my daughter to my staff and to the people of San Diego,' said Sanders, who choked up again recalling the episode. Sanders now believes it's in the interest of government to support same-sex marriage. A former police chief, he cited examples of hate crimes against gays and of police officers being afraid to acknowledge they are gay. 'If government tolerates discrimination against anyone, it is very easy for citizens to do the same thing,' he said."

In cross-examination, the Prop 8 sponsor's lawyer tried to "show the ballot measure was not motivated by deep-seated bias toward gays" by asking Sanders whether his position on civil unions took the form of hatred.

More on Sanders' testimony here.

Gallagher The National Organization for Marriage's Maggie Gallagher snarked out disapproval of Sanders, blaming him for the anti-gay ballot measure:

He gave moving testimony in court today about how much he loves his lesbian daughter.  Sure.  But he ran for office promising the people of San Diego he opposed gay marriage.  And then, he signed a city council resolution trying to overturn Prop 22 instead of meeting his obligations, living up to his promises.  And he used his daughter as an excuse.  That’s wrong.  Politicians are not elected to advance the views and values of their families.

The National Organization for Marriage, which has been credited by gay rights activists as one of the main reasons Prop 8 qualified for the ballot, got involved because Mayor Sander betrayed his campaign vows.  I was asked to fly to San Diego in October of 2007 by a group of San Diego Catholics upset about the Mayor’s betrayal.  That meeting lead directly to NOM’s decision to try to raise a million dollars in January of 2008  to help Protect Marriage get this on the ballot.  The rest is history. Thank-you Mayor Sanders.

Sanders' video, once again, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Man Gallagher is one angry bitch.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jan 19, 2010 8:01:07 PM

  2. in all seriousness, this woman just seems to be filled with hate and rage at gay people. it's worse than even 'typical' dislike for our lives, it seems much more personal. i really wonder what the fuck happened in her life to despise us with the zeal she does.

    Posted by: casey | Jan 19, 2010 8:04:09 PM

  3. Says Maggie: "Politicians are not elected to advance the views and values of their families."

    Isn't that the whole point of NOM and their political endorsements? To further their own family values? It's amazing how her opinion changes when his family values are gay-inclusive.

    Posted by: Norman | Jan 19, 2010 8:07:55 PM

  4. Politicians make all sorts of promises they don't keep. Discrimination should NEVER be a promise kept. Bravo for Sanders.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jan 19, 2010 8:09:43 PM

  5. CASEY my guess is a gay man broke her heart by not wanting her twat.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jan 19, 2010 8:09:56 PM

  6. Maggie takes issue with Sanders because he's too focused on his family.

    Apparently Maggie's idea of "traditional marriage" (you know, the sacred institution where a mother and a father can raise their biological children in an ideal dual-gender situation) also has the hidden stipulation that you be loyal to your NOM overlords before looking out for the well-being of your own kids. Way to protect the definition.

    Posted by: Adrian | Jan 19, 2010 8:13:27 PM

  7. A man has a gut wrentching change of heart and Maggie Gallagher thinks everyone should stay loyal to the Roman Catholic "church".
    And is snarky engough to take the credit for the very narrow Prop 8 "victory" that was only acheived with the lies about what might be taught in school. We all know that NOM alone did not raise the money for all of those lying adds.

    I really hope this trial undoes all the work of this witch.

    I wonder what Miss "Christian Virture" Gallagher would do if one of her kids turns out to be gay ? Stone them at the city gate while reading Leviticus ???

    Tom in Long Beach

    Posted by: Thomas Nicolai-Vargas | Jan 19, 2010 8:26:29 PM

  8. But isn;t maggie's tale that she had a gut-wrentching change of heart re: her beliefs after having one child out of wedlock? Smite her! Smite her!

    Posted by: William | Jan 19, 2010 8:36:37 PM

  9. Maggie Gallagher would never lie!!! Of course, she was a whore who gave birth to a bastard brat. And she's married to a Hindu and is too ashamed to take his last name. So much for traditional family values. Whore.

    Posted by: homer | Jan 19, 2010 8:48:11 PM

  10. Does anyone know who the father of her "illegitimate" daughter actually is? Does anyone else picture a, "She's my sister AND my daughter!!!" type scenario..

    Posted by: Denis | Jan 19, 2010 9:00:30 PM

  11. "Politicians are not elected to advance the views and values of their families."

    I have to admit, I have given up on reasoning with NOM. But if I am to believe the above statement. I have to ask, where do all of our societal values and laws come from? Here I thought the family was the most important entity in our society. I thought family values were worthy of their significance, and here I thought they had a place among us, in our laws and in the greater realm of our respect for each other. What is that saying? everyone is somebody's mother, father, brother, sister...

    Posted by: Rafael | Jan 19, 2010 9:13:26 PM

  12. Maggie Gallagher pushes her theocratic views on all, however, she appears to be dense enough not to know that in a theocracy, she would HAVE to shut up. Women have no voice. She would be a second-class citizen....hmmmmmmm

    Posted by: CB | Jan 19, 2010 9:19:36 PM

  13. Could someone PLEASE feed Gallagher an extra large "Ham Sandwhich!"

    Posted by: Alfredo | Jan 19, 2010 9:35:22 PM

  14. I hate to use this term about any woman, and I do only when it is greatly warranted.

    What a CUNT.

    Posted by: tc in nyc | Jan 19, 2010 9:49:02 PM

  15. I hope this malignant sow has a massive stroke...but not fatal. Vile cunt.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 19, 2010 9:55:38 PM

  16. Maggie says, "[p]oliticians are not elected to advance the views and values of their families."

    You're right, Maggie - politicians are elected to represent *everyone,* even gay people. And that means they have the obligation to live up to the promises of the US Constitution, including the 14th amendment.

    Posted by: DN | Jan 19, 2010 10:08:14 PM

  17. I remember reading about Mayor Sanders back when he had his change of heart. This is why it's so important to remember that people can change their views when educated or when they know someone who can be negatively impacted by their uninformed views.

    Posted by: DR | Jan 19, 2010 10:14:23 PM

  18. Oh, I wish that somehow Gallagher could be compelled to testify in the trial. David Boies would make mincemeat of her - and her vitriol would be an expert example of the hate and bigotry directed toward gays.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 19, 2010 10:36:09 PM

  19. She was requested to "fly" to SanDiego? Because they had to call in heavy air support?

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Jan 19, 2010 11:01:48 PM

  20. "Politicians are not elected to advance the views and values of their families."

    HAHAHAHA seriously? I've heard "family values" being spewed from her mouth all the time, but now it's not about families. HYPOCRISY.

    Posted by: BDevilMan08 | Jan 19, 2010 11:34:50 PM

  21. I'm so glad I am not as angry bout anything as this woman. I am actually close to feeling pity for her. No one should have to live with such anger so deep in their entire being.

    God help her.

    Posted by: DEREK WASHINGTON | Jan 20, 2010 1:42:39 AM

  22. Argh, the cross-ex is so frustrating to listen to. Just because there may not be "animus" or pure hate behind every vote to ban gays from something does not mean that the bans are justified. First, it's because for many, many voters, it *was* hate -- case in point: NOM and witness Mr. Tam. Second, animus is one thing, and ignorance (whether intentional or not) is still a huge problem. We don't let our dogs get married, vote, or serve in the military -- even though we love our dogs -- because they're freaking dogs. But gays are not dogs!!! Gays are people and your fellow tax-paying citizens!!! You can say you "love" gays all you want, but you're still treating us like dogs in too many respects.

    Posted by: X | Jan 20, 2010 2:21:47 AM

  23. Oh please, you all bitch and whine but what are you strategically doing to undo her? The fact that you all let this woman and her flock get away with saying shi*t about you says more the American gay community than it does about her.

    At least she is out there fighting her cause and getting quotes in the press.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jan 20, 2010 5:14:39 AM

  24. Look, Maggie doesn't know how to spell "led" either!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 20, 2010 8:59:30 AM

  25. let her talk! Heck, give her a few drinks and let her talk more! I hope she tesitfies and the let her talk and talk and talk. The mor she says, the more the plaintiff's case is made.

    Posted by: TC | Jan 20, 2010 10:41:41 AM

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