The issue of gay marriage hit the local level in San Diego on Tuesday.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, a republican, testified about his reversal on gay marriage. The republican former police chief told the court in the Proposition 8 trial that his former opposition was based on prejudice.

From the Los Angeles Times:

At the federal trial over Proposition 8, Sanders told the court that when his elder daughter, Lisa, now 26, was in college, she told him she was a lesbian. He said he expressed his “overwhelming love” for her but also had concerns she would face discrimination.

When he ran for mayor in 2005, Sanders said, he opposed same-sex marriage in favor of civil unions. Lisa worked in his campaign, wanted him to win and did not try to talk him out of his position, he said.

In 2007, the San Diego City Council passed a resolution calling on San Diego to file a friend-of-the-court brief in favor of San Francisco’s effort to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage. Sanders said he intended to veto the measure and called together gay friends and neighbors to explain why.

“I was absolutely shocked at the depth of the hurt, the depth of the feeling,” he testified.

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