Gay Marriage has been on the lips of just about every politician since the Bush’s State of the Union address. Most of those uttering those words have been the biggoted republicans, who are destined to once again be the party that breaks people down into second class citizens.
But on February 12th, 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has did what no elected official in United States history has done. He allowed the first same sex couples to be married in a civil marriage ceremony.
Congratulations, Mayor Newsom, on being a true leader in this nation! Marriage Licenses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Contact: Mayor’s Press Office
MAYOR NEWSOM ASKS COUNTY CLERK TO END DISCRIMINATION WHEN ISSUING MARRIAGE LICENSES
Mayor: Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation is a Violation of California Constitution’s “Equal Protection” Clause
Newsom says Codified Discrimination Will Not Be Tolerated
San Francisco, CA – Mayor Gavin Newsom asked San Francisco’s County Clerk today to determine the necessary changes to the “forms and documents used to apply for and issue marriage licenses…in order to provide [them] on a non –discriminatory basis.” Newsom’s request, which was done in the form of a letter, was sent following a review of the California Constitution’s equal protection clause, which states unequivocally: “[a] person may not be…denied equal protection of the laws.”
“A little more than a month ago I took the oath of office here at City Hall and swore to uphold California’s Constitution which clearly outlaws all forms of discrimination,” said Newsom. “Denying basic rights to members of our community will not be tolerated.”
“California’s Constitution is clear: discrimination is immoral, it is illegal and it is antithetical to our most cherished values – liberty and freedom,” Newsom continued.
Denying gays and lesbians the right to marry denies them more than a marriage license; it precludes millions of couples from obtaining health benefits, hospital visitation rights and pension privileges. Newsom noted that gay citizens pay taxes and protect our communities as firefighters and police officers, among other occupations. Newsom concluded: “There is no rationale for discrimination against any individuals in California.”
A copy of the letter Mayor Newsom sent to the County Clerk is attached.