40 Years Of Pride In San Diego
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Fernando López Jr., Public Affairs Director San Diego LGBT Pride
San Diego Pride Month
Spirit of Stonewall Rally and flag raising, July 18 at 6 p.m.
Pride Parade, July 19 starting at 11 a.m.
Fernando López Jr. has been a marriage equality activist since 2004, when then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom defied California law and began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
"It's a testament to how far we've come," he said. "Some people have focused on how it's undoing language of Prop. 8. It's undoing language of even earlier laws. Marriage laws in 1976 were gender neutral."
He pointed out that California lawmakers voted in 1977 to ban same-sex marriage and at the same time changed the out-of-state marriage code.
News of the new law, which will go into effect Jan. 1, comes as San Diego LGBT Pride celebrates its 40th anniversary.
That first parade, López said, had only a handful of people walking through the streets of downtown San Diego, some with bags on their heads.
This year, he said, his organization is working with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer to line those same downtown San Diego streets with rainbow flags.
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