Connie Boardman and Bob Foster, Mayors of Huntington Beach and Long Beach, Put Ink to Marriage Equality Paper

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Huntington Beach Mayor Connie Boardman and her Orange County-adjacent colleague Bob Foster in Long Beach are among 25 California mayors who have signed a Courage Campaign letter supporting gay marriage.

All the other OC mayors--it seems as if there are 50 or so--apparently could not find pens with ink in them.

Boardman is a Democrat, a professor of biology at Cerritos College and president of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust, which has fought development around the ecologically sensitive Bolsa Chica wetlands for years and years.

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The Long Beach mayor speaks at event supporting same-sex marriage.
The city council she leads includes openly gay Councilman Joe Shaw, who campaigned for office on the same winning team as Boardman in 2010. She'd previously been Surf City's mayor and entered that race late.

Foster, who is married (to a woman) and has two grown sons and three grandchildren, joined about 100 folks in Long Beach at a candlelight vigil in support of gay marriage Tuesday that had the mayor not only speaking but helping raise a rainbow-colored LGBT flag.

Among others in attendance was City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipskie, who is lesbian. Long Beach, of course, has a large, active and vocal LGBT community.

Boardman and Foster were joined by the mayors of Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland and Sacramento, among others, in signing the letter.

It reads, in part:

As Mayors, we have a special view of the separate class system created by Proposition 8. Individuals who are public servants and work to improve our cities do not receive important benefits for their loved ones as other couples do, because they are denied the recognition of marriage Residents of our cities who work in the private sector must hope that their private employer confers such benefits upon same-­-sex couples, while their heterosexual co-­-workers do not face such obstacles. Proposition 8 has only served to divide our city into groups, one with more rights and dignity than the other.
You can read the entire letter here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/aktest-2011/images/MayorsProp8StatementFinal.pdf

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paullucas714
paullucas714

I thought Joe Shaw was the only Dem on HB council. Anyway, cheers,. It also appears the Republicans en masse are supporting same sex marriage. Things are changing in sweeping ways. The whole attitude towards MMJ is changing for the better too, and the Republicans are the ones leading the change and as evidenced in the persona of Gerrie Schipskie and Lou Correa, the Dems are the biggest road blocks to cannabis reform.

joeesha
joeesha

Great leadership shown by Mayor Boardman! 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

California has a civil partnership law. If these mayors wanted to extend benefits to the 'loved ones' of homosexuals who get city paychecks, he and she could.

This isn't about benefits, it is about forcing a certain worldview -- one at odds with 2000 years of Western tradition, and as far as I know, every other tradition -- down everyone's throats. 

paullucas714
paullucas714

@Mitchell_Young  

You are tryin g to equate Civil Unions with Marriage. Let me ask you, if I was married, would I be able to get a Civil union? 

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

"Well I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one way or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And, you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that, I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised and I believe that it should be between a man and a woman."

#1 she's an idiot, but it's a beauty contest so who cares about intellect, right?

She starts off saying it's great that we as Americans get to choose (which is inherently false). Then she goes on to tell people, that they're relationship is worth less than Britney Spear's 45 minute marriage to Jason Alexander. Her opinion was bigoted and she put it on display. Sorry, but bigots should be shamed. She certainly got what she deserved. Don't worry about her, she turned her victim status into a career with speaches, books and television appearances.

2000 years of western tradition? Which tradition is that? Greeks and Romans seemed to not have an issue with homosexuality. One man one woman marriages are only a few hundred years old (read your bible!).

Biology? In what sense? Homosexual behavior has been observed in over 1600 animal species.

The idea that she is brave is undercut by the idea that she was blowing with the political winds. She's a coward and a bigot.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog "she got what she deserved"

Talk about a bully -- and ungentlemanly to boot. (Though I guess in this age of confusion that doesn't matter).

But Carrie Prejean didn't 'go on television and denigrate a segment of society'. She was asked a question and responded truthfully. She didn't even say anything about homosexuals. Her answer was in accord with 2000 years of Western tradition, biology, and 52% of California voters at that time. 

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

The unions are the ones to negotiate terms for public employees. Spouses, whether same or opposite sex, should get the same treatment and not be subject to the whims of their employer's prejudices. Carrie Prejean went on national television and denegrated a segment of society. She got what she deserved. You should have enough sense to realize that if you go on TV and announce your bigotry, you're going to get push-back. The "gay mafia" BS is a bully's excuse when the bullied fights back.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog

"So people should plead for the good graces of their local mayor for benefits?"

I'm no expert, but this fine publication's coverage, of, say Costa Mesa, it seems to me that just about every municipal employee or group of employees has to plead (or, less loaded language, bargain) with their local poobahs over what salary and benefits they will receive. West Hollywood has had benefits for same sex partners since 1985, according to wiki. Long Beach and HB could easily do the same, if they haven't already. 

 BTW in California, straight couples can't get civil unions, unless on partner is  over 62. If this homosexual marriage thing goes through, I personally would rather have a civil union  (or better yet, common-law marriage) than participate in this fakery. The latter, unfortunately, is not available in California.

Rainbow mafia is a figure of speech, but it is very real, ask Carrie Prejean. As far back as the 1940s w h auden describe what he called the 'homintern'  to describe 'gay' networks which influenced art and art criticism. Well, they seem to have grown. 

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

So people should plead for the good graces of their local mayor for benefits? Sorry, but it's absurd to try and make the argument that Seperate but Equal works. A straight couple getting a civil union instead of married would still be locked out of over 1000 benefits.

Oh, and Rainbow Mafia? What the hell are you talking about?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@paullucas714 @Mitchell_Young And my point was that this isn't about benefits, because there is a mechanism in California where these mayors could grant benefits to the 'loved ones' of homosexual employees. 

Rather strange thing to be doing in this time of privatization and cutting government employees -- but if the rainbow mafia beckons, got to get down on hands and knees. 

paullucas714
paullucas714

@Mitchell_Young @paullucas714 My question was if I wasnt happy with only being married could I change my relationship to Civil Union INstead? Im making a round about snark about how Civik Uion isnt as equal as a Marriage is as you tried to assert it is.

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