Like most civil rights advocates, I was as disappointed by the upholding of Proposition 8 as I had been when it first qualified for the ballot.
The ruling creates an extraordinary inequality. All great social justice fights have begun with inequality, but this one is especially unsupportable, and I am confident this is not the last word on the matter. However, I have hope in the California Supreme Court's validation of the 18,000 same-sex marriages conducted before the proposition passed.
California has a special role to play in this battle. All the things you and I love about California are the reasons I decided to enter public service and represent my constituents in Sacramento. Californians have always been an inspiration to progressive forces nationwide. At such an important moment in history, it is frustrating to feel that we are so far behind other parts of our great country. But we can take heart at the lessons of the past, and gain energy from the optimism of our brothers and sisters in struggle. We will not be discouraged from our duty as social justice fighters to win equal rights for all men and women, no matter what race, creed or sexual orientation.
I stand strong and will continue to fight for the LGBT communities in Mountain View, my district, and in the nation until we all have equality.
Assembly member, 22nd District
Memorial Day event was weak
I was sad and embarrassed when I came upon the Memorial Day parade Sunday morning. I kid you not, there were maybe 15 people there to watch it.
Being that I just moved into the city limits last weekend I figured I'd bike over to the farmers market. I heard the bands playing and wandered over to check out what was going on. I got the feeling I was the only one curious, since not even those who were already on Castro for whatever reason seemed too interested in the event. I had to get cash for the market so I "walked with the parade" as we both made our way down the street. As we did so I was overcome with amazement that no one (well, a handful of people) was actually there for the parade.
Whether this was due to a lack of publicity by the organizers or just plain selfishness and disinterest by the citizens, I don't know. But so far, the patriotism in this town is not much to be desired ... at least it wasn't Sunday.