Lt. Governor Newsom reflects on the thirteen years since San Francisco's 'Winter of Love'

2-12-17

Reflecting on the thirteen years since San Francisco began issuing marriage licenses to same sex partners under then-Mayor Newsom's direction, Lt. Governor Newsom offered the following statement on Facebook today:

"The one thing that connects every single one of us, regardless of our station in life and our backgrounds, is the desire to love and be loved. For that to be denied because you happen to love someone of the same sex is wrong.

"This day 13 years ago, San Francisco made a move that was a first for our nation. It was a rebellious gesture at the time, gay marriage was illegal almost everywhere including the state of California, but one that was needed to keep our country moving forward.

"During the month that marriage licenses were issued, we witnessed couples traveling from all over the United States and from other countries to be married. We were able to witness joy, excitement, longing, love and hope amongst so many couples that had waited far too long to experience one of the biggest days of their lives.

 

"But February 12th, 2004 isn't what lead us to where we are today. It was the millions of conversations that were held and won on this topic that changed it. It was the debates amongst colleagues and family members, different generations engaging with one another. These conversations are what changed our nation.

"It's been an unbelievable journey to get to where we are today. But as we recognize this anniversary, we must also recognize the fight ahead of us. With a President that seems determined to lead our nation backward, it is more important now than ever that we stand together to defend equality. We must continue to fight back against the hateful rhetoric and actions of the Trump administration -- but we cannot do it alone.

 

"It will take each one of us, engaging with our friends, our neighbors, and our colleagues. Creating environments where everyone feels protected, connected, and respected. Calling our legislators. Writing letters to our leaders. Marching together. Protesting peacefully. By standing together, we will build a moral wall to defend the values and principles that make our nation so great.

"Together, we can defend equality, continue to push for progress, and move our country forward."

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