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Prop. 8: San Diego mayor criticizes California high court's decision

May 26, 2009 |  5:21 pm

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders criticized the California Supreme Court's decision today for supporting the idea that "some Californians have the right to take away certain rights from others."

"It's obvious that neither justice nor equality were on the court's agenda today," Sanders said in a statement.

Sanders, a Republican and former police chief, opposed the Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage and appeared at rallies with his daughter Lisa, a lesbian. Although he had opposed gay marriage in the past, he held a tearful news conference in late 2007 to announce that he was "leading with my heart" and dropping his opposition.

Lisa Sanders, 25, told a news conference after the court decision that she will continue to work to legalize same-sex marriage and still plans to marry her partner.

-- Tony Perry