L.A. Gay Pride Celebration

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L.A. gay pride parade darkened by U.S. stance on marriage

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As they celebrate the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the gay rights movement, gays feel let down by Obama. Mayors Villaraigosa and Newsom take their side against Defense of Marriage Act.

 

By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2009

 

The mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco joined gay rights groups Sunday in raising concerns about the Obama administration’s defense of a federal law restricting same-sex marriage.

 

“I think it’s a big mistake,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said shortly before he and his Los Angeles counterpart, Antonio Villaraigosa, kicked off the annual L.A. Pride parade in West Hollywood.

 

The mayors, potential rivals in next year’s Democratic primary for governor, were each careful to avoid direct criticism of President Obama.

 

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