Mayor Sanders: ‘I came to say that we cannot tolerate discrimination against one group of people’

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.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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