Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Gavin Newsom Was So Right

This Atrios post reminded me of former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's "crazy" decision to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses back in 2004. Most everyone sort of knew that the courts would put a stop to it, but for a few fabulous days a different kind of love -- only in its design -- overflowed the corridors and steps of San Francisco City Hall. When the courts did step in to put an end to the uprising, Newsom famously declared:

Newsom was blasted, by many in the gay community, for the above remarks, which were fashioned into campaign ads in favor of California's Proposition 8, the measure that banned same-sex marriage in 2008.

Now, nine years later, same-sex marriage is legal in Utah. Utah! Many in California remember it was the Mormon Church that spent the most to pass Proposition 8. The CA Supreme Court later overturned the law.

Newsom was way out in front of this, much to his credit. He deserves to be celebrated. And "like it or not," it will be the law of the land everywhere. It's just a matter of time.

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