BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF
PUBLISHED: JUNE 14, 2009
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has called a Justice Department brief defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) a “big mistake.”
“I think it’s a big mistake,” Newsom, who was in Los Angeles for the city’s annual Gay Pride parade, told the Los Angeles Times.
The gay blogosphere erupted Friday on news the Obama administration was defending the 1996 law that allows states to ignore legal gay marriage performed in other states and defines marriage as a heterosexual union for federal agencies.
Newsom is often credited with opening gay marriage in California, a right lost last November with the narrow passage of a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage, Proposition 8, and remains a strong advocate for granting gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. Last month, the state Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 8. Gay activists have vowed to repeal the ban in 2010.