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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Mayor of San Francisco Grants Marriage Rights

"Pursuant to my sworn duty to uphold the California Constitution, including specifically its equal protection clause, I request that you determine what changes should be made to the forms and documents used to apply for and issue marriage licenses in order to provide marriage licenses on a non-discriminatory basis, without regard to gender or sexual orientation" (Letter to County Clerk). "California’s Constitution is clear: discrimination is immoral, it is illegal and it is antithetical to our most cherished values – liberty and freedom. Denying gays and lesbians the right to marry denies them more than a marriage license; it precludes millions of couples from obtaining health benefits, hospital visitation rights and pension privileges. There is no rationale for discrimination against any individuals in California.” Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco, February 10, 2004

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