Rex Wockner was at the Prop. 8 trial yesterday and attended the press conference held by San Diego’s GOP Mayor Jerry Sanders and his daughter, Lisa.
Sanders was on the witness stand testifying for the supporters of same-sex marriage yesterday. Rex has photos and the words of the Mayor and his daughter, starting with this:
I came as a Republican mayor, I came as a father and I came as a former police chief. And I came to say that we cannot tolerate discrimination against one group of people. … I’m here with my daughter and I’m very proud of my daughter. But I was also honored to testify because I think this is an important issue for all Californians. Today was difficult at times because it required me to talk about the reasons I once believed civil unions were good enough for same-sex couples. And I think what that did was force me to think about why I’d done that. And I thought at the time it was an acceptable compromise. However, I have learned very clearly from people that are very involved that I was discriminating against them based on prejudicial arguments that I had. When I said that civil unions were enough, I was saying that the relationship that my daughter has with Meaghan, I was saying that that wasn’t as important, that wasn’t as significant as the marriage that I have to my wife. And I was wrong about that, and I think that that’s one of the things that I wanted to make sure that people understood today. I also think that the city of San Diego … has a strong interest in marriage equality.