San Diego Mayor Comes Out for Marriage Equality

September 20, 2007 at 10:18 am 1 comment

The Republican mayor of San Diego in a beautiful and emotional speech announced that his daughter is a lesbian and that he has changed his position on marriage for same-sex couples. Mayor Jerry Sanders had been on record as favoring civil unions over marriage and was expected to veto a resolution passed by the San Diego City Council urging the California Supreme Court to overturn a ban on marriage for same-sex couples. You can watch the raw video footage of the his press conference here.

“Two years ago, I believed that civil unions were a fair alternative. Those beliefs, in my case, have since changed. The concept of a ‘separate but equal’ institution is not something that I can support.”


“I just could not bring myself to tell an entire group of our community they were less important, less worthy or less deserving of the rights and responsibilities of marriage than anyone else, simply because of their sexual orientation…I want for them the same thing that we all want for our loved ones. For each of them to find a mate, whom they love deeply and who loves them back. Someone who they can grow old together and share life’s experiences.”

In the speech, Sanders spoke about his daughter being a lesbian and about the lesbians and gay men in his life including personal friends and members of his staff.

What makes this change of heart in favor of equality so important is that Sanders is a Republican and a former police chief. This story shows again the importance of LGBT people being open and honest about our lives and that the personal stories that we share with others have the power to change hearts and minds. Coming out is not something that we can do once and think that the issue is solved. Its a constantly evolving process that requires courage and faith in the innate goodness of our fellow humans.


Entry filed under: Advocacy, Family, LGBT, Marriage, Politics, Republicans, Video.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. eyesicle  |  September 22, 2007 at 9:30 am

    The more it is personalized, the more people will realize LGBT aren’t just, “those people.” As in, “Why do those people need special rights?” It takes ALL of us to make a difference. I cannot wait for the day my friend can enjoy the same right to get married as my DH and I have.


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