“Two years ago, I believed that civil unions were a fair alternative,” he said at a press conference. “Those beliefs, in my case, have since changed. The concept of a ‘separate but equal’ institution is not something that I can support.” [...] “In the end, I could not look any of them in the face and tell them that their relationships Ã‚â€“ their very lives Ã‚â€“ were any less meaningful than the marriage that I share with my wife Rana,” Sanders said.
Yes, I really saw that in The Register this morning. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (R) has officially changed his position on marriage equality. For the first time since he found out four years ago, Jerry Sanders talked publicly about his lesbian daughter Lisa, and how it isn’t fair for her and for other LGBT residents of San Diego that they be treated differently from straight couples. So even though Mayor Sanders had pledged earlier to veto the resolution in support of the law suit challenging the State of California’s ban on same-sex marriage that the San Diego City Council passed some weeks back, he changed his mind yesterday and signed the resolution.
So what do YOU think about San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ changing his position on marriage equality? He is facing reelection next year, after all… Is this part of an effort for the Mayor to align himself with the views of the increasingly left-leaning city that is San Diego? Or is there more to this story? Has Mayor Sanders really woken up to smell the reality of gay and lesbian couples facing the ongoing discrimination of not being able to access the same rights and responsibilities that straight couples can have when they get married?
Go ahead. Make my day. Have your say, and fire away!