Thursday, November 04, 2004

 

Gavin Newsom is the Ralph Nader of 2004

Ralph Nader can let out a huge sigh of relief, now that Gavin Newsom has taken on the mantle as "the man most responsible for electing George Bush." Who is Gavin Newsom? None other than the sad-sack mayor of San Francisco; the self-same mayor who legalized gay marriage in San Francisco in defiance of California law and set in motion the inevitable chain of events that led to the 2004 election of George Bush. In classic "if you give a mouse a cookie" fashion, Mayor Newsom started the ball rolling by announcing his City Hall would no longer discriminate against gays when issuing marriage licenses. Catch the excitement in this report from SFGate.com:

History was made at 11:06 a.m. today at San Francisco City Hall when Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon took their wedding vows, becoming the first same-sex couple to be officially married in the United States. (By mid-afternoon, at least 15 same-sex weddings were performed and officials issued about a dozen more marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, the Associated Press reported.) Mabel Teng, the city's assessor-recorder, officiated over the first ceremony, inserting the phrase "spouse for life'' in place of "husband'' and "wife.'' "This is a very significant day for Del and Phyllis and for all of us witnessing this historic ceremony,'' Teng said before the couple recited their vows.

It wasn't long before other municipalities followed suit, including Portland Oregon which about.com reports

began issuing same-sex marriage licenses on March 3rd, 2004. On April 20, 2004 a judge ordered the County to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples until the State Legislature rules on the matter. All of the marriages that were performed between March 3rd and April 20th are considered legal.

Massachucets next followed suit, but significantly with the full legal authority of their state supreme court; again about.com reports:

on May 17, 2004 history was made. For the first time in United States, gay and lesbian couples were wed in a state that legally recognizes them. It was a long fight for Julie and Hilary Goodridge, two of the plantiffs who took the case to court. According to the Boston Globe, Julie Goodridge said, "Next to the birth of our daughter, Annie, this is the happiest day of our lives.''

The rest of the story is well enough known, including President Bush's proposed constitutional ammendment prohibiting gay marriage and the score of state ballot initiatives expressly geared to prevent the spread of gay marriages to other states in the union. It has already become part of the accepted lore of the 2004 campaign that these ballot initiatives were instrumental in turning-out thousands of evangelicals and other "family-values" voters for President Bush. But let's not forget that the humble beginnings of the citizen revolt against government sanctioned gay marriage began in San Francisco due to the activism of MayorGavin Newsom. His actions led inexorably to the massive turn-out of Christian/Right voters in the Buckeye State of Ohio, and must now earn him the role and status as the official spoiler of campaign 2004.

Mr. Mxlkpix

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