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IN SPITE OF WHEREASES

29 May 2003

California history was made in Davis tonight, but there wasn't a single reporter there to cover the story. Actually, I guess the history was made a week or so ago, and it was only made official tonight. But I was there.

At 6:30 p.m. tonight, in City Council chambers, my friends Ellen and Shelly were presented with Resolution 03-58, making Davis the first city in the state of California to officially support ending marriage law discrimation for same gender couples.

susie.JPG (34994 bytes)Mayor Susie Boyd talked a bit about how proud she was of that moment, and how long it had been coming. Ellen and Shelly, who have worked tirelessly for marriage equality for all people stood proudly while Susie read the proclamation. I am going to print the proclamation in its entirety here, because I feel this is such a big deal. I know all the legalese can be boring, but I hope you'll read it to the end and think about what it says.

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF DAVIS URGING GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS AND THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE TO END DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE BY REPEALING DISCRIMINATORY MARRIAGE LAWS IN CALIFORNIA

WHEREAS, California is home to hundreds and thousands of families headed by same-sex couples, many with children; and

WHEREAS, these families deserve the same rights and legal protections as other families under the law, including the protection of their children's economic interests by insuring their access to the resources of both parents; and

WHEREAS, marriage is a unique civil contract, separate and distinct from any religious, ethnic, or other traditions; and

WHEREAS, civil marriage bestows thousands of state and federal rights, protections, and responsibilities that are otherwise unavailable to gay and lesbian families; and

WHEREAS, the inability to access these legal protections results in significant harms to these families, including financial insecurity, lack of retirement, death benefits, and access to family court for dissolutions; and

WHEREAS, discriminatory marriage laws undermine the state of California's commitment to equality, privacy, and justice for all of its citizens; and

WHEREAS, marriage is recognized as one of the fundamental elements of individual liberty; and

WHEREAS, the opportunity to publicly and legally commit to share one's life with a person of one's choice is for many people one of the most central aspects of human experience, and denial of marriage to same-sex couples is a denial of fundamental civil rights,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Davis urges the California State Legislature and Governor Gray Davis to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and their families by amending the California Family Code to remove references to sex and gender as eligibility requirements for a civil marriage license and by enacting a law providing for equal access to marriage and all of its legal benefits and obligations by all persons, regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Clerk forward this resolution to Governor Davis, to State Senator Mike Machado and Assemblymembers Lois Wolk and Doug LaMalfa

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Davis this 23rd day of April, 2003.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

For me, as a political figure, it was in many ways the most important event in my political life. There aren't many people who get to do what I did. ... Once in a generation an issue comes along where there can be no compromise. When you either have to figure out, do I stand up for the principles I believe in, or am I simply keeping this seat warm?

~ Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, explaining his decision to sign his state's civil unions law

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