17 février 2004

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's Strategy Regarding Gay Marriages

Here's a great story on how San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom decided, twelve days into his mandate, to back same-sex marriages. Seems President Bush made him do it.

Last week, San Francisco city hall announced its intention to start granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The first marriage took place on Thursday and more than 2400 marriages had been celebrated by Monday.

It seems that people are flocking to San Francisco to wed. Not only from elsewhere in California but also from other states and from abroad.

I don't want to take a pro or con position on this, I just wanted to point to the story in the Chronicle where the strategy and timeline is explained. It's a fun read.

Oh yeah, why did I say Bush made him do it? It seems that the mayor got the inspiration while attending the State of the Union speech where the president supported a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages.

Update: The judge who was asked to invalidate the "gender-neutral" marriage licences delays his ruling.

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