Bloomberg, who has said he personally favors same-sex marriage, announced over the weekend that he would challenge the ruling of a judge in Manhattan earlier this month that gay couples have the right to marry under the state’s Constitution. Bloomberg has said he believes New York state law forbids the practice.
Newsom said he did not want to pick a fight with the mayor of the nation’s largest city, but he said he was stunned by Bloomberg’s decision to appeal.
“I think if you believe something, you’ve got to act on it,” the San Francisco mayor said. “If you don’t believe in it, don’t act on it. But don’t say you believe something and then do everything to stifle that belief.”
“Well, if you want to talk about tradition being codified in this country, tradition was codified in the (1857) Dred Scott decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to deny blacks citizenship,” Newsom said. “That was tradition. It was wrong. …
“So when Mayor Bloomberg or others say it’s tradition — marriage between a man and a woman — I harken back to those days where the tradition was challenged because it was the right thing to do, and I wish that the mayor (of New York City) would challenge the tradition of bigotry as it relates to same-sex marriages. I think that would be courageous.”
Ya know, if Newsom’s actions cost us the election last fall, so be it. I was so proud to be a San Franciscan that the rest of the country can go fuck itself.
Half my family is gay (and black for that matter). Two of them celebrated their 25 year anniversary in New Orleans last year. I have friends closer than family that stood in those lines at the courthouse. These are my people. And if I didn’t like dick so much I’d be gay too.
I used to be so cynical, but Mr. Kallisti changed all that. Marriage matters. A lot. To some of us anyways.
*steps off soapbox*