Republican Jerry Sanders earned gay love when he came out
against for gay marriage last year. The mayor of San Diego, once a stalwart conservative, switched ideological teams because, as he said, he could not betray his lesbian daughter.
While some viewed the mayor’s decision as moving and heartfelt, others were outraged.
It turned out to be the boost Protect Marriage needed.
A few weeks later, about 200 pastors gathered in San Diego County to “respond to the mayor’s about-face,” according to Skyline’s pastor Jim Garlow.
The pastors began energetically collecting signatures to get Proposition 8 on the ballot. Led by their effort, Protect Marriage coalition members said, the coalition amassed half a million.
The goods news is that a slim majority of California voters oppose Proposition 8, which would reverse the state Supreme Court’s earlier decision to legalize gay marriage.