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70 Mayors from Across U.S. to Launch Marriage Equality Campaign

Tom Blair at UT San Diego reports on an upcoming announcement:

SandersMayor Jerry Sanders goes to Washington this week during the U.S. Conference of Mayors to launch “Mayors for Freedom to Marry.” Sanders and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino are scheduled for a joint news conference Friday morning to announce the campaign to “end marriage discrimination.” Joining the campaign: mayors from some 70 U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. L.A.’s Antonio Villaraigosa and New York’s Michael Bloomberg are co-chairs with Sanders and Menino. After years of opposition to gay marriage, Sanders changed course in 2007, saying his daughter, Lisa, and her partner, Meaghan Yaple, deserved equal justice.

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SD Mayor Jerry Sanders Speaks Out About Prop 8 Trial

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has a great piece in the Huffington Post about his testimony in the federal trial challenging Proposition 8, and about his decision to support marriage equality. Here's a bit of it:

Sanders Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I came so close to making the wrong decision, and to endorsing government-sanctioned discrimination. As it turns out, I was reelected to a second term the next year. My position on marriage equality definitely made it more difficult. But I know I would have regretted vetoing that resolution a lot more than losing that election.

Now, more than two years later, I have testified in federal court about my decision and the rationale behind it. I told the court that, as someone who has spent most of his lifetime in public service, I understand that when government tolerates discrimination against any class of people, it makes it easier for citizens to do the same thing.

I was proud that Lisa was in court with me, along with her wife, Meaghan, whom she married in Vermont last month. Meaghan is like another daughter to me, and she has brought great happiness into our family.

The defendants in this case -- those who would deny equal rights to others -- would like us to believe that they are the true victims of discrimination. They argue that their opposition to marriage equality has made them targets of violence. They've made this argument as their excuse for withholding documents from the public, and it is as self-serving as it is inaccurate.

From my own experience as a police officer and mayor, I can say that the overwhelming evidence is that violence is directed against gays and lesbians, not those who would deny them equality.

Proud to Testify for Marriage Equality [huffington post]

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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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders on Marriage Equality - VIDEO


Earlier I posted about San Diego Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders announcing the engagement of his daughter at last night's 'Eve of Justice' Prop 8 rally and candelight vigil in San Diego.

I now have video, and you can watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Said Sanders: "I want to thank each of you for your dedication and I see you all over the city. I see you marching. I see you talking to people and lobbying. I see you doing things that make all of us proud as we go down this road to make sure that everybody is treated equally in the state of California. Now I wanna say...these are always hard ones for me. If it didn't involve my daughter and her partner, they wouldn't be hard things, right? They became engaged to get married last week. And their families are tremendously proud of them. We're tremendously excited to see two people who are committed to each other and we know will be excellent partners in their future. So this becomes an even more important issue for our family, but it's an important issue for each and every one of you as we move forward. And we should accept nothing more than equal rights under the law. Thank you very much."

Full transcript and video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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