Villaraigosa applauds Obama: ‘Love doesn’t care if you’re gay’
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he agrees with President Obama's decision to support gay marriage.
"We stand w/Pres. Obama," Villaraigosa said on Twitter. "Love doesn't have a color, love doesn't care if you're gay or straight. Love doesn't discriminate #MarriageEquality."
Villaraigosa's statement came shortly after Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts on Wednesday that, after the end of a prolonged "evolution" on the issue, he now favors allowing homosexual couples to marry.
In the ABC interview, Obama said, "Over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that 'don't ask, don't tell' is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."
Villaraigosa's position is not surprising. He has supported giving gays the right to marry and opposed California's ban on gay marriage.
In recent interview with The Times, Villaraigosa, who will chair the Democratic National Convention, said he supported a marriage-equality plank in the party platform because "it's basic to who we are."
"I don't think the government should be in that business of denying people the fundamental right to marry," Villaraigosa said at a Washington media breakfast.
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Photo: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks at a February City Hall celebration of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times