Saturday, September 22, 2007

San Diego Hearts the Gays

The demands of starting grad school have made it very difficult to justify spending time on posts, but this one is a must-see. Jerry Sanders, the Republican mayor of my home-city of San Diego, is passing a resolution in support of same sex marriage. He was expected to veto the resolution, but announced in this emotional speech that he had to do what he knows is right, "The concept of a 'separate but equal' institution is not something that I can support."

In case you are not familiar with San Diego politics, being gay in San Diego is no fun. Like I have already had to explain to so many here in Boston, San Diego is not just like San Francisco. They are far apart in both location and culture. Co-starting the first GSA at my high school was shitty. The group was publicly ridiculed by both students and faculty. I hope that the people of San Diego have watched this speech and that some can internalize its meaning. I also hope that Sanders will be re-elected next year but as a gay rights supporting Republican, I doubt it.

Taking Feministing's lead, I hope you all will send Sanders a message showing your gratitude and support. That took some kind of bravery.


Meg said...

wow, i can't believe that video clip. at first i thought that some one wrote the speech for him becaus he was stuttering then at the end the whole thing changes. his daughter is gay and that is what changed his position. crazy. i was noticing that his wife was standing pretty expressionless at his side. Well i am glad to see that some things are starting to change in CA. before we know it gay marriages may become legalized.

Daren said...

That one small step for America one giant leap for San Diego.

Conservative politics in San Diego scared me away, but it makes me happy to think that waves may be changing things