San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is set to appear at a Friday news conference in Washington with other mayors to announce the Mayors for Freedom to Marry campaign to win support for same-sex marriage nationwide.
Sanders will be joined by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the mayors of Boston, Chicago and Houston. Campaign organizers said that 70 Republican, Democratic and independent mayors support the effortMayor Sanders, a Republican, "came out" for marriage in the run up to Prop8, to the consternation of his supporters. His daughter is a lesbian, and he realized that he could not in good conscience support efforts to keep her from marrying. He's been a great ally on this issue, one of the old-fashioned Republicans that way. I don't necessarily agree with the rest of his politics, but admire him for this.