Emotional mayor supports gay marriage resolution —-MY
Columbus mayor Jerry Sanders said he would sign a resolution supporting gay marriage in a press conference Tuesday.
Publicly, Sanders declared that he had planned to veto the resolution.
“My opinions on this issue have evolved significantly,” Sanders said. “I intended to veto the council on this resolution, as late as yesterday afternoon that was my position.”
Sanders, with his wife at his side, expressed how conflicted he was on whether to veto the resolution or not.
“My decision to veto this resolution would have been inconsistent with the values I’ve embraced over the last 30 years,” he said. “I do believe that times have changed and with changing times, and new life experiences, come different opinions.”
The mayor then spoke about the connections he has to the gay community. According to Sanders, his daughter, Lisa, is “a member of the gay community.”
He also said he has other close family members and friends who are also members of the gay community.
“I want for them the same thing that we all want for our loved ones, for each of them to find a mate whom they love deeply and who loves them back,” Sanders said. “Someone with whom they can grow old together and share life’s experiences.”
Before walking off the stage, Sanders compared the relationship between two gay people to the one with his wife, Rana.
“I want their relationships to be equally under the law,” Sanders said. “In the end, I couldn’t look any of them in the face and tell them that their relationship – their very lives – were any less meaningful than the marriage I share with my wife.”
Columbus Mayor retracts gay marriage stance
Mayor’s lesbian daughter impacts decision to stand behind gay marraige —–CB
Making an emotional prepared statement Tuesday afternoon, Columbus Mayor Jerry Sanders reversed his stance by signing a resolution signifying the cities’ support for gay marriage.
“I do believe the times have changed, and changing times and life experiences have differing opinions,” Sanders said with his wife Rana at his side.
While campaigning to become the mayor of Ohio’s capital city, Sanders’ stance on the issue originally supported civil unions and partnerships while denouncing gay marriage.
“I have personally wrestled with that decision ever since,” Sanders said.
Sanders, a Republican, originally opposed the state’s proposition to legalize gay marriage. But after reluctantly divulging his deliberation process, Sanders had a change of heart.
“As I reflected on the choices I had before me last night, I could not tell an entire group of a community they were less important or deserving than anyone else simply because of their sexual orientation,” Sanders said.
Sanders mentioned that he was influenced by the fact he has many gay community members in his inner circle, including his staff members and even his daughter, Lisa.
“I want for them, the same thing we all want for our loved ones,” he said. “The concept of separate but equal institution is not something I can support. I acknowledge that members of our community will agree or at least understand my decision today.”
The fallout from the announcement is unknown at this point.
Mayor Sanders delivers emotional speech supporting same-sex marriage
Mayor Sanders ‘follows his heart’ to supporting same-sex marriage——–SS
Struggling to find his words and pausing two times to collect himself, Columbus mayor Jerry Sanders said that he planned on signing a resolution supporting same-sex marriage, despite his former position opposing it.
During a press conference on Jan. 25, Sanders said that the issue affected his family due to his lesbian daughter, Lisa.
“I want for them the same thing we all want for our loved ones,” Sanders said. “For them to find a mate that they love, and who deeply loves them back.”
Sanders said that he had previously and publicly voiced that he would veto the resolution during his campaign and had announced supporting civil unions, but not same-sex marriage.
“I had wrestled with that position ever since,” he said. “I was forced to lead with my heart, as you can probably tell at the moment, and do what I think is right.”
Sanders said that he abruptly made the decision late last night.
He said that he could not support the idea of ‘separate, but equal,’ and based this off his value system.
“My decision to veto this resolution would be inconsistent with the values that I’ve embraced for 30 years,” Sanders said. “I have worked to bring enlightenment, equality and justice to our community.”
He said that he could not “tell an entire group of people that they were less important” than the rest of the community and he acknowledged that some Columbus natives were not going to be pleased with his decision.
“All I can offer them is that I’m trying to do what is right,” Sanders said.
Sanders recognized that his opinion has changed, but he said so have those of Americans as well.
“Times have changed and new opinions have formed,” he said. “My opinions have evolved significantly, as millions of opinions of Americans from all walks of life have.”
JS—-Columbus mayor Jerry Sanders emotionally announced Tuesday that he will sign a resolution to support gay marriage, despite previous public statements that he would oppose this resolution.
“The right thing for me to do is to sign this resolution,” Sanders said after pausing to collect himself.
Sanders, accompanied on stage by his wife Rana, admitted that his daughter Lisa, along with members of his personal staff are members of the gay community affected by this resolution.
He acknowledged that this decision contradicts his previous statements about this resolution and promises made during his campaign run. Sanders offered his tearful explanation to the citizens of Columbus in hopes of helping them accept his change of heart.
“I just could not bring myself to tell an entire group of people in our community they were less important, less worthy, or less deserving of the right to the responsibilities of marriage than anyone else simply because of their sexual orientation,” Sanders said.
Two years ago Sanders said he denied with gay marriage and believed that civil unions were “a fair alternative.” Tuesday he called civil unions a “separate but equal institution” and said that his ideas on this have changed.
Sanders recognized that not all community members will accept or understand his decision and fought back tears as he addressed these people.
“I do believe that times have changed, and with changing times and life experiences comes differing opinions,” Sanders said.
Columbus mayor has change of heart, signs gay marriage resolution —-DH
Fighting back tears throughout the press conference, Columbus Mayor Jerry Sanders announced Tuesday he would sign a resolution to allow gay marriage, reversing his stance during the election campaign.
“I’m trying to do what I believe is right,” he said.
Sanders said he wrestled with the decision and decided he could not “tell an entire group of people in our community they were less important.”
As late as Monday afternoon, Sanders said he planned on vetoing the resolution.
Among Sanders’ motivation to switch his stance were members of his family and staff who are part of the, would be, effected community.
“I couldn’t look any of them in the face and tell them that their relationship — their very lives — were any less meaningful than the marriage I share with my wife Rana,” Sanders said.
According to Sanders, he believed that civil unions were a fair alternative to marriage.
“The concept of a ‘separate but equal’ institution is not something I can support,” he said.
Sanders said people close to him who are part of the gay community influenced him.
“I have close family members and friends who are a member of the gay and lesbian community. Those folks include my daughter Lisa, as well as members of my personal staff,” he said.