by Gavin Newsom | Sacramento Bee
It all started in January 2004 when I attended George W. Bush’s State of the Union address. In the midst of two major wars and serious fear about national security and terrorism, the president of the United States chose to highlight a social issue. The president closed his speech with a call for a defense of the “sanctity of marriage,” or in other words, threatening the American people with a constitutional amendment to limit the rights of gays and lesbians to marry.
I was furious. So were millions of other Americans who put faith in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, provisions in our founding documents, establishing the principles of equality upon which our nation is built.