This week the California Supreme Court lifted the gay marriage ban. In an era of high gas prices, unaffordable health care, and an unending war in Iraq, one would think that gay marriage would be a non-issue. I have blogged about this before. Personally, I feel that gay and lesbian Americans should have the same rights as their straight brothers and sisters. I have met many gay couples who are more committed to their partners and families than some straight couples, so the whole family values argument doesn’t hold much with me.
In showing his support for the California Supreme Court decision and LGBT rights, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, “I feel proud to be a Californian. I feel that today we reassert the fundamental obligation of every freedom-loving Californian; that is, that life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is essential and must be protected by the constitution.” He also added that he would officiate as many same-sex weddings as possible.
While we are all aware that Villaraigosa’s image as a lover and romantic, I don’t think that he should be officiating “as many same-sex weddings as possible” when he has to take care of some serious problems in his city. I’m all for him officiating some same-sex weddings to show his support and symbolism, especially as a Latino leader given some of the conservative leanings in the Hispanic community. However, I think that he must stay focused on the major tasks at hand. Villaraigosa has a tendency to get distracted with issues that become larger and more sexy than city politics, as we have seen with his eager campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton earlier this year.