This historic week Oakland stands proudly with so many who have been part of supporting the freedom to marry for all. We celebrate the progress we’ve made towards a society that values and respects everyone equally. The Supreme Court’s decisions this morning are a profound victory for same-sex couples – and for humanity.  Oakland has long been a place of diversity and inclusion – we overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 8 – and we’ll forever be proud to have been on the right side of history.  As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.”  Our job is not done – and our work will not stop.  We are so proud of Oakland for being an instrumental part of the progress we’ve made – and will continue to make for years to come.

I want to thank the hundreds who came out to celebrate last Thursday at City Hall and the Sculpture Park and the hundreds more that made up Oakland’s largest contingent in the SF Pride Parade that we can remember.

 

The Oakland Contingent stretched over a block long.  Each year my office joins the Oakland Pride Committee in organizing the contingent. Participants included local organizations and businesses like the White Horse and Bench & Bar, the Gay Straight Student Alliances from Oakland Tech and College Prep, Random Acts, the East Bay Stonewall Club, and local officials Alameda School Board member Joaquin Rivera and EBMUD Board member Andy Katz.

 

For the First Time the Oakland Police and Fire Chiefs joined us along with members of their command staffs and their families. Above, the Mayor, Police Chief Sean Whent, Fire Chief Teresa Reed, Council members Rebecca Kaplan and Libby Schaff, and Battalion Chief Emon  Usher.

 

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