San Diego’s GOP Mayor to testify at Prop. 8 trial today

The Prop. 8 trial resumes today. And, the first witness today for our side will be the Republican Mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders:

Sanders is set to testify at 8:30 a.m. and address the media afterward on the courthouse steps in San Francisco, spokesman Darren Pudgil said.

Sanders, a Republican, has gained the respect of gay-rights advocates — and the animosity of opponents — with his turnaround on the issue. He announced in December 2007 that he no longer would oppose marriage rights for gays, including his lesbian daughter.

“He’s testifying essentially on his experience on the issue and why he believes marriage equality is important from a government perspective,” Pudgil said.


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