Monday, September 24

This is What Democracy Looks Like - Part 4: A Mayor's Decision

Republican San Diego, CA mayor Jerry Sanders "leads with his heart" in authorizing City Council resolution supporting a challenge to California's gay marriage ban.

Says Fox News

In the end, I could not look any of them in the face and tell them that their relationships _ their very lives _ were any less meaningful than the marriage that I share with my wife Rana," Sanders said.

The mayor, a former police chief who is up for re-election next year, acknowledged that many voters who supported his earlier stance might disagree with his shift, but said he had to do what he believed was right.

In 2000, 62 percent of San Diego voters endorsed a statewide measure to restrict marriage to a union between a man and woman.

The City Council voted Tuesday 5-3 in favor of joining other California cities to back a lawsuit pending before the California Supreme Court attempting to overturn the gay marriage ban.


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