Rallying point

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By Steven T. Jones
It's good to be reminded sometimes that San Francisco is truly an oasis in a desert of fear and ignorance. Yesterday's City Hall press conference on the terrible Court of Appeals ruling against same sex marriage was one of those moments, when we felt unified in our quest for justice and equality. Despite this disappointment on the way to the eventual California Supreme Court hearings, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said, "We are steadfast and couldn't be prouder to be at the forefront of this battle." And everyone felt it. Win or lose, we're doing the right thing. "We're making tremendous progress," said Mayor Gavin Newsom, who didn't mince words when describing the majority opinion that traditional marriage shouldn't be updated by the courts: "They made a mistake."
Both sounded notes of optimism. Said Newsom, "I'm confident we're going to get there, but today was an emotional setback." Yet Herrera noted that we need to be vigilant against the right wing forces that are trying to make judges fear doing what they must: "The threat to the independence of the judiciary by those screaming about judicial activism is a disgrace."