A conservative Republican describes his transformation from gay marriage opponent to vocal critic of denying gays and lesbians the right to wed. These competing views of the value of the emotional side of testimony in the historic Proposition 8 trial are now among the issues Chief U. Lawyers for same-sex couples seeking the right to marry are expected to wrap up their case either today or Friday, with testimony from Proposition 8 backer William Tam still to come. The trial, now in its second week, has been heavy on experts and academics on the subject of same-sex marriage, but it has been spiced all along with the accounts of individuals such as Sanders, who tearfully recounted how he renounced his own stance on gay marriage after learning his daughter is a lesbian. The mayor, with his daughter, Lisa Sanders, in the courtroom, described the difficulty of confronting his own prejudice and risking the wrath of San Diego Republicans.
Gay marriage opponents got a surprise boost
Just Married San Diego
The dueling weekend rallies underscored the fact that, despite an election and a Supreme Court decision, the issue of same-sex marriage remains divisive in California. In Fresno, about 3, demonstrators -- the same number who turned out the day before on the other side -- were told not to accept being called bigots because they support traditional marriage. Speaker after speaker in Fresno exhorted attendees to respect the religious underpinnings of traditional marriage. As the rally broke up, about 25 gay rights activists surrounded a group of Christian Harley-Davidson motorcyclists who called themselves the Fresno Motorcycle Ministry. We will be victorious because God goes before us. The Rev. Jim Garlow, pastor of Skyline Church in La Mesa and one of the leaders of the pro-Proposition 8 forces, had special praise for the Latino and African American voters, whose support for the measure exceeded that of the white community.
Gay Marriage in Mexico and the Baja Paradox
The new law approved in Mexico City taking effect as of last week, legalizes same sex unions as a valid marriage in the rest of Mexico, and opens the door for a series of changes in the laws governing healthcare benefits, home loans and adoption, as part of equal rights to same sex couples. The cities tolerant attitude, —so far away from political moves—, is a result of a series of historical factors including a fast moving populations coming from all walks of life in Mexico; a geographical and ideological distance from the conservative south and a liberating influence from the gay movement in California. For Balbuena, border cities have a complex web of relationships with their counterparts, and those interactions include sentimental, family, business relationships and gay people have been able to skillfully use the border to explore their identity. Buying power is another key factor allowing gays to enjoy a wide offer of entertainment and housing not specifically marketed towards a gay audience.
Immigration Quiz. San Diego immigration lawyer Jacob J. Sapochnick is a recognized leader in defending marriage equality as it pertains to immigration rights. He is dedicated to helping same-sex couples and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender LGBT community obtain lawful permanent resident LPR status and a path to U.