SAN FRANCISCO LEGISLATORS APPEAL TO SCHWARZENEGGER SENSE OF
The Marriage Equality Act
Courage and Leadership or
Pantheon of Shame
Supervisor Tom Ammiano, author of San Francisco Board of Supervisors
resolution urging Governor Schwarzenegger to sign the Marriage
Equality Act, introduces legislators backing the measure.
By Pat Murphy
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Legislators backing the Marriage Equality Act yesterday conjured
lasting imprimatur of greatness before Governor Schwarzenegger,
should his signature yet legalize marriage between couples regardless
Led by Supervisor Tom Ammiano, the group fanned that flickering
possibility, although some did so through doubt and occasional
Anna Damiani, spokeswoman for legislation author Assemblyman
Mark Leno, encouraged recognition "there is never an appropriate
time to dismiss equality for any people."
"The governor was elected to represent all the people of
California, and we urge him to do just that, to not give up on
our community, to not pass this aside and make us second class
"We need to continue to push the governor, and it is actions
such as this by the Board of Supervisors that will help us get
there," Damiani stated.
San Francisco Supervisors Chris Daly, Aaron Peskin, Ross Mirkarimi,
Bevan Dufty, Gerardo Sandoval, and Fiona Ma joined the refrain.
City Treasurer Jose Cisneros, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee representative
Miguel Bustos lent support to Act approval.
Dufty, co-sponsor of Ammiano resolution urging governor approval,
appealed to Schwarzenegger's conscience.
"We're going to continue to appeal to his
conscience, and the sense that when he presented himself to the
voters of California he said he was going to be that type of leader,"
"I think that that's what you see here in San Francisco.
You see the elected family here who have stood one hundred percent
in support of marriage equality.
"I think that you saw what was done here with the leadership
of Mayor Newsom, thousands of people coming forward, getting married,
being validated, their relationships, their parents all being
Schwarzenegger "stands before a phenomenal opportunity,"
reported Board of Supervisors Aaron Peskin.
"I stand with Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Bevan Dufty, and
I think with the entire Board, in saying, 'Mr. Governor, you have
a phenomenal opportunity to show real leadership,' " Peskin
"Don't squander that opportunity.
"We like to say, 'As goes California, so goes the nation.'
Here in San Francisco we have I think a more prescient statement,
which goes, 'As goes San Francisco, so goes California.'
"It is an inevitability. Step up to the plate. Don't do
what politicians do - say one thing and do another - this is an
issue of wrong and right," maintained Peskin.
The District 11 supervisor invoked memory of historic civil rights
"I want to invoke the name of Martin Luther King, the name
of Cesar Chavez, the name or Rosa Parks," Supervisor Gerardo
"I want to welcome the governor into the pantheon of shame,
into the pantheon of Bull Connor, into the pantheon of all those
who opposed civil rights throughout history.
"And I want to welcome Mark Leno into the pantheon of the
hall of fame. He takes his place along with those many others
who struggled for the civil rights of Americans
"I hope the governor will choose the right pantheon to jump
into. I hope he will do the right thing."
Ammiano, considered a leading LGBT elder statesman, drew larger
conclusion Schwarzenegger "has lost his way."
"Apparently he is having a great deal of trouble with those
who contribute to California, and its greatness - firemen, teachers,
nurses, queer people
"And he should not be playing this tango of death with the
Bush administration," continued Ammiano.
"He said he was going to be re-elected to speak for himself.
Well, I haven't seen that. Maybe an amoeba has one brain cell.
I expect more from a governor of California.
"So I say dump him, and I say dump him as soon as possible,
and really do some ass kicking around those ballot measures
a majority of Californians think is a waste of time.
"You can't tell me some of that money that we're going to
use for that dumb special election couldn't have gone to the victims
"So there's always a way. There's always a better way. Governor
Schwarzenegger has lost his way," Ammiano concluded.
Mirkarimi described veto in a way he said Schwarzenegger would
"In the very simplest terms that the governor will understand,
'Governor bad. Governor very bad,' " Mirkarimi conveyed.
"But I doubt the governor will demonstrate or do anything
"I think it's reprehensible that he would actually dismiss
the prevailing opinion of Californians who absolutely want to
see same sex marriage, the new hallmark of civil liberties."
I see Governor as a one-term Governor.
"It's not only just this issue, but it's the compound of
misery that Schwarzenegger is deflecting upon this state, with
this special election, with his propositions - and frankly the
cherry on the icing is the impending dismissal of same sex marriage.
"Governor very bad."
District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly recalled success of same sex
marriage advancement was borne on the shoulders of community organizations.
"Clearly that work has been really on the shoulders of lots
and lots of people, of organizations - I'm thinking Marriage Equality
California, of others who have been struggling in the trenches
daily for years and years and years for basic civil rights, for
human dignity, for social justice in this city, in this state,
and in this country," lauded Daly.
"To them, thank you very much."
Supervisor Fiona Ma recounted Schwarzenegger performance as disappointing.
"The governor has been a continuing disappointment,"
"He's attacking our nurses, he's attacking our teachers,
he's attacking our firefighters, and now he's attacking the LGBT
"The governor has the ability to do the right thing
implore him to be a leader and do the right thing."
Treasurer Jose Cisneros portrayed the governor as blocking the
doorway to justice
"One man chooses to stand in the way of justice. Shame.
Governor Schwarzenegger, don't block the doorway of wedding couples,
don't stand in the doorway of our country clerks - do the right
The governor has eleven days remaining for decision deadline.