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DeMaio: ‘Of course I’m in favor of gay marriage’

April 22, 2009 - 10:29 am

Timing is a mysterious but critical factor in politics:  Knowing when to speak on an issue is often as important as knowing which issues to take on.  Just ask Carl DeMaio, who, 10 months after being elected to the San Diego City Council and six weeks after we questioned his silence on Proposition 8, has decided the time is now to speak out in favor of gay marriage. 

DeMaio tells San Diego Magazine:  “As a gay man, of course I’m in favor of gay marriage. I hope to settle down with someone myself some day. I’ve just never believed it’s a city issue, so I’ve not been vocal about it.”

So why is he being vocal now?  Timing, suggests the article in the magazine’s May issue.  The City Council will soon revisit the question of endorsing same-sex unions, and that makes the issue localized enough for DeMaio to weigh in.  “I’ll vote my conscience and support it,” he’s quoted.

For those who care about such things, DeMaio’s stand comes four months after Proposition 8 became the law of the land.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Justin permalink
    April 22, 2009 - 11:31 am 11:31 am

    He’s probably commenting now because he just scored a HUGE WIN on his city hall reforms — fiscal issues. He’s doing what he said he’d do: remain focused on fiscal reform. After months of waging a public information campaign on the perks in the labor contracts, DeMaio made the motions that gained unanimous votes on the City Council to adopt new labor contracts.

    On marriage only the gay community has been clamoring for a statement on the issue. DeMaio picked his own time and place (and low key vehicle) to state his personal views.

    David Silva and others in the gay community are probably just pissed he didn’t do things on their time table or terms. Oh well….

  2. David Silva permalink
    April 22, 2009 - 3:06 pm 3:06 pm

    Justin — Thank you so much for outing me as a member of the gay community. That had been kept a secret for so long, your revelation surprised even me. Question: Now that I’m in the club, where can I find these time tables and terms you mention? Will I be getting some kind of newsletter?

  3. Justin permalink
    April 22, 2009 - 5:35 pm 5:35 pm

    I’m not suggesting you are in the gay community or not. That is your business.

    I said “david silva” (party 1) and “others in the gay community” (party 2). I’m not suggesting you are gay, but I can see you could read it to mean that.

  4. Sharon Burton permalink
    April 22, 2009 - 8:09 pm 8:09 pm

    Ah, but you see, it’s the phrase “and others” that got you. In fact, that’s an inclusive phrase, assembling those things into one package, linguistically.

    For example, the phrase “Bananas and other fruits” calls out bananas and then identifies the rest of the fruit family as also included, implying that bananas are part of the fruit family.

    So if you didn’t mean to include Mr Silva in the gay community, what you meant was “david silva and those in the gay community”. Identifying “david silva” as one group and the gay community as another.

    I’m just saying.

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