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Community Leader Shares Support for Gay Marriage

Susan Timney, tapped as the Exalted Ruler of the Alameda Elks Lodge #1015 earlier this year, has been openly gay for some time. Timney was recently featured in an online Bay Area News Group piece, just days before the recent annual Gay Pride celebrations in San Francisco,

She married Lynda Kretlow in August 2008 in San Francsico and says “Of course I would love to see Californians be in favor of gay marriage” — like their New York counterparts. (New York affirmed the rights of gays to marry on June 26.)

“I really believe that any two human beings, of legal age,who mutually agree on their love in our country should not be constricted from matrimony because they are the same sex,” Timney explained. “I am very happy for the people in New York.”

“I hope the ceremonies and traditions like the one [Lynda and I] experienced can happen for everyone,” she concluded.

The now active member of the Alameda community — who grew up on the Island — returned to live on the Island (from San Francisco) in 2005, two years after joining the local Elks group.

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Prop. 8 would ban marriage for Alamedans who are gay

In addition to local races—City Council, Measure P, School Board—Alamedans, along with the rest of California, will be voting on Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative. It’s a serious civil rights issue (I don’t see how we can, in good conscience, deny people who are gay all the rights that come with marriage). I’ve posted below a clip from a very funny woman, Ellen DeGeneres. She’s not talking specifically about Prop. 8, but she says, among other things, “Maybe it’s because I’m gay that I feel that I think we should all be equal but I feel that we’re all equal.” And, “People are going to be who they are going to be and we need to love them for who they are and let them love who they want to love.”

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Same-sex marriages to be performed in Alameda City Hall

After reading Mark Posner’s letter to the editor in the Alameda Journal (scroll down, it’s the second one), I was glad to see today’s story in the San Francisco Business Times indicating that Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson, as well as the rest of the city council, Vice Mayor Lena Tam, Doug deHaan, Marie Gilmore and Frank Matarrese, have been deputized to perform same sex marriages at City Hall. According to the Business Times, marriages will cost $50 and the marriage license will be issued by Alameda County. City Manager Debra Kurita and executive assistant Christina Baines have also been authorized to perform the ceremonies. “It’s a great thing to be part of,” Deputy City Manager Lisa Goldman told the Business Times.