SF Mayor Gavin Newsom – Right Or Wrong?

Posted by: ST on February 16, 2004 at 7:22 pm

I am absolutely outraged at what is taking place in California at the moment – specifically, San Francisco. I suppose by now you’ve heard that the Mayor of SF (the newly-elected Gavin Newsom) ordered officials to issue licenses to same-sex couples, declaring that he was merely ensuring equal treatment of gays and lesbians.

WHAT? you ask. “Ordered”? Yep. Apparently, the mayor thinks he’s somehow above the law, despite the fact that California’s laws don’t state that two people of the same sex can get married.

I wonder how many people out there agree with what the mayor has done here? To gay marriage proponents: do you think this is ‘right’ to do because in your minds it’s the way the law should be? Or do you think this should have been taken through the democratic system our men fought and died for many moons ago? I’ve read at some places that have characterized this as some act of “rebellion” on the part of the gay couples – or “civil disobedience,” as Andrew Sullivan called it. But it’s not.

Think about it: this isn’t like the black men who defiantly sat at the segregated lunch counters. Those men weren’t “enabled” by a gov’t official who said “guys, look, I know it’s against the law, but you have my permission to sit at the lunch counter with the white people.” They sat there IN SPITE of the law (good for them, I might add). Mayor Newsom has effectively sidestepped any debate amongst the people, the state legislature of CA and ultimately the Supreme Court in CA by doing this. The mayor is the one who engaging in “civil disobedience,” not the gay couples. He has enabled them with the right to get married by his actions.

Think about it this way: some may think that what’s going on in SF right now is ‘right’ because it’s the ‘right thing to do’ but how would the pro-gay marriage groups feel if President Bush issued an executive order declaring that a marriage is supposed to consist of a man and a woman, foregoing the system? I pray gay marriage proponents are not advocating what’s happening in SF – Mayor Newsom is taking the slow route to tyranny, IMO. Gay marriage proponents are NOT going to gain more acceptance by going along with something like this. Proponents forget that something like this not only emboldens gay couples, but it will embolden opponents of gay marriage as well. Think about the fencesitters: would they advocate a mayor going above the law in order to grant a right to someone?

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7 Responses to “SF Mayor Gavin Newsom – Right Or Wrong?”


  1. chloe says:

    I believe he is RIGHT!
    Yes, I am a San Franciscan and no, I am not gay. By the way…WOW! You have some real anger issues don’t you.

    How does a gay person getting married affect you? Are they taking your rights away? Are they in some mysteries way making YOU gay (btw you’re pretty much born gay so that can’t be true)? Are they hurting you in any way, shape or form? NO, they are not. They just want the same rights as you and I. What Gavin Newsom did was the right thing that a person accepting of EVERYONE should do. The marriage licenses may not be valid now but he made his point and brought attention toward homosexuals and the rights they SHOULD have. It WAS a big step in the right direction for homosexuals whether you think it true or not.

    Gavin Newsom is a great Mayor who has done many great things for this city and wouldn’t have had to take such drastic step if wasn’t for close-minded people like you. Maybe you should befriend a homosexual and see that the only difference between you and them is their sexual preference, if you cannot look past that then that is too bad for you. I feel bad for you and if you have children, I feel bad for them too. I pray none of your children (or future children) are gay because it is hard enough for homosexuals in society today but it is even harder to have a parent who isn’t accepting of THIER lifestyle.

  2. The fact that you support rogue mayors changing the law on whim tells me a lot. :> Maybe the President should issue an executive order outlawing gay marriage – then we’ll see how you feel about politicians taking it upon themselves to change laws without consulting the people and Congress.

    Here is why I do not support gay ‘marriage.’ Has nothing to do with ‘close-mindedness’ nor ‘anger.’ In fact, I’d go so far as to say that my mind is alot more open than those of most gay marriage proponents I’ve debated – including you.

  3. chloe says:

    Don’t get your panties in a bunch it’s not like the marriages are valid anymore, your sweet little “sacred marriage” is safe…for now;)

  4. What I do with my panties is frankly none of your damn business, Chloe. I guess you’d rather throw out stupid remarks rather than debate the issue, eh? Probably for the best, because you couldn’t handle debating me if you tried.

  5. Severian says:

    Well ST, at least you wear panties, and I bet they’re clean too! :d

    Just another left coast troll, probably using a borrowed laptop at the local coffee house, who has no problem with fascism and totalitarianism as long as she agrees with the dictators goals. And the left wonders why it’s always the socialist left that create the fascist regimes around the world. Once you abandon the rule of law, the foundation of the republic, you are left with mob rule and/or despotism, and heaven help you when it turns ugly and finds you as the problem.

  6. Lorica says:

    Chloe How did you feel about the 10 commandments displayed in public?? How does that affect you when it is in a court house in Alabama?? – Lorica