The Republican mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, who opposed same sex marriage when he was campaigning, opted not to veto a bill providing marriage rights to same sex couples on Thursday.
Why? Well, his daughter is a lesbian, but that’s not all.
In the time since, he said he realized he could not accept â€œthe concept of a separate-but-equal institution.â€ Because of that, he continued, he was unwilling to send the message to anyone that â€œthey were less important, less worthy or less deserving of the rights and responsibilities of marriage.â€
The mayor, now crying openly, noted that he has close family members and friends in the gay and lesbian community, including staff members and â€œmy daughter Lisa.â€
â€œIn the end, I couldn’t look any of them in the face and tell them that their relationships, their very lives, were any less meaningful than the marriage I share with my wife, Rana,â€ said Sanders, who quickly thanked reporters and dashed from the room. (emphasis mine)
Separate but equal, folks! You heard it hear first! It’s unconstitutional! Who knew?!