Don’t expect to see San Jose’s Chuck Reed join the growing list of mayors who have pledged their support to the Freedom to Marry campaign.
Announced in January, more than 100 mayors across the country have signed on to the Freedom to Marry campaign, which has a goal “to overturn DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and is working across the country to win marriage in more states and educate the public about why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families,” according to the organization’s website.
In an interview with San Jose Inside last week, the mayor said he has “always been a supporter of civil unions, domestic partnerships. I’ve voted several times during my career to extend benefits to domestic partners.”
But the mayor draws the line at marriage.
“I was in favor of Prop 8,” Reed said.
Propostion 8 is the state initiative in 2008 that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. California’s ban on same-sex marriage went on trial in 2010 and was overturned but continues to go through a lengthy appeals process.
“In terms of marriage,” Reed said, “it’s really up to the Supreme Court. The voters in California have one view and we’ll have to wait and see if the Supreme Court supports that or not.”
San Jose is the largest city in the country not to have its mayor supporting the Freedom to Marry campaign.
According to the Bay Area Reporter, mayors from California who have given their support include: Ed Lee (San Francisco); Jean Quan (Oakland); Antonio Villaraigosa (Los Angeles); Jerry Sanders (San Diego); Stephen Cassidy (San Leandro); David Glass (Petaluma); Marie Gilmore (Alameda); Don Lane (Santa Cruz); and Christopher Cabaldon (West Sacramento), who is openly gay.