Mayor Gavin Newsom with Kate
Kendall at City Hall on February 12, 2005.
"A defiant Mayor
Gavin Newsom spoke to an audience of thousands of gay men and
women on February 12, the first anniversary of his decision to issue marriage
licenses to same-sex couples. Four thousands gay couples wed here last
year before the California Supreme Court struck the marriages down several
"Newsom denounced politicians who ask gays and lesbians for money
then tell them it's too soon for them to have equal rights. In a speech
that some City Hall watchers said was his strongest to date, the mayor
saved the rousing round of shame for President George W. Bush.
"In his historic remarks, Newsom led the chorus, "Shame on you! Shame
on you!" I couldn't help thinking of the more than two decades of bull
dykes, drag queens, leather guys, and other street gays I've heard deliver
exactly the same outcry. Now the baton has been passed to a seemingly
conventional straight, white, Irish Catholic mayor. As one wag put it,
Newsom is "all guts, big glory, and of course great hair.'"
Heart of the City 02/22/05
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