California's Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom is not a gay man but he believes that gay men and women should have the same rights as everyone else, particularly in the area of marriage. It was he, while he was Mayor of San Francisco, who directed the county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and got the marriage equality ball rolling. I can tell you, Newsom has a smile on his face this morning, following the Supreme Court's ruling.
This is not to say for one second that others were not a part of this fight and credit should certainly be given to City Attorney Dennis Herrera and to so many faithful love warriors. Gavin Newsom though played a major role and it was fitting that he would officiate the wedding of gay pioneers Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon.
Newsom started the fight while he was Mayor, but his involvement has continued. He just recently attended the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on the Proposition 8 case, where he continued to voice his support for the LGBT community. This morning he spoke of the joy that we can now all share.
Would we have gotten where we are today without Newsom? Probably, but not as quickly. Every movement needs a beginning, and for this one, it was his actions. Newsom is not just a lgbt supporter in the area of marriage, he has proudly supported the lgbt community over and over and I'm certain will continue to.
Newsom has been a regular participant in San Francisco's LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration and this coming Sunday he will be there once again. This time he will be there on the tail of some wonderful news! Perhaps, now that the doors are once again open, he can quote himself from the main stage at Pride saying of same-sex marriage "It's going to happen, whether you like it or not."