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San Diego mayor urges Congress to overturn Defense of Marriage Act

November 14, 2011 |  4:21 pm

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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, a Republican whose decision in 2007 to drop his opposition to same-sex marriage put him at odds with the GOP, has joined Gov. Brown and the mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco -- all Democrats -- in urging Congress to overturn a law denying recognition of such marriages.

Sanders, Brown, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaragoisa and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signed a letter urging members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance legislation that would overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

"The federal government should not be in the business of picking which marriages it likes and which it does not," said the letter.

In 2007, on the eve of his reelection bid, Sanders dropped his previous opposition to same-sex marriage. In a tearful news conference, Sanders said he could not accept the idea that his daughter Lisa is less worthy of forming a lasting relationship because she is a lesbian.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, daughter Lisa and (right) her wife, Meaghan Yaple, after Sanders testified last year on behalf of two couples attempting to overturn California's anti-same-sex marriage Proposition 8. Credit: Associated Press

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