Had Kevin Faulconer gotten his way six years ago, then-Mayor Jerry Sanders’ tearful speech explaining his support for same-sex marriage wouldn’t have happened.
Sanders announced he was reversing his position and wouldn’t veto a City Council resolution supporting same-sex marriage. The resolution had passed 5-3. Faulconer was on the losing side.
A year later, Faulconer, a Republican like Sanders, officially changed his position.
He voted for a separate Council resolution to urge citizens to vote against Proposition 8, a statewide ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage (it was recently overturned by the courts). At the time, Faulconer didn’t explain his switch.