• Petitioned Osby Davis

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Mayor of Vallejo California
Osby Davis

Mayor Osby Davis of Vallejo, CA, Sign the U.S. Mayor's Statement for Marriage Equality

    1. Better Vallejo
    2. Petition by

      Better Vallejo

      Vallejo, CA

Recently, the mayors of cities all over California, and the United States, came together in support of marriage equality for the citizens of their cities. It’s an issue with significant impact for communities, but it’s also important to a great segment of our population, not just same-sex couples, but also their families, their friends, their associates, and all those that they love and who love them.

One signature was notably absent, that of Vallejo’s own mayor, Osby Davis.

Other nearby cities, whose Mayors did sign the statement, include: Napa, Berkeley, Sebastopol, Sacramento, West Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Watsonville, Santa Clara, Chico, San Leandro, Windsor, Alameda, Petaluma, Pleasanton, Davis, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Mountain View, Richmond, Fremont, Oakland, Hayward, Emeryville, and Palo Alto, to name a few. So far, mayors of over 200 of our best and most inviting cities have proven that they are truly committed to fairness for their citizens and to making their towns as inclusive as possible. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stated, “We understand that the strength and health of our cities are enhanced when all families are protected and supported.”

The full statement reads:

“As mayors of great American cities, we proudly stand together in support of the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. We personally know many gay and lesbian people living in our cities who are in committed, loving relationships, who are active participants in the civic life of our communities, and who deserve to be able to marry the person with whom they share their life.

We are proud that at its 2009 annual meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously approved a resolution stating that: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports marriage equality for same-sex couples, and the recognition and extension of full equal rights to such unions, including family and medical leave, tax equity, and insurance and retirement benefits, and opposes the enshrinement of discrimination in the federal or state constitutions.”

Our cities derive great strength from their diversity, and gay and lesbian families are a crucial part. Studies have shown what we know through our hands-on experience—that cities that celebrate and cultivate diversity are the places where creativity and ideas thrive. They are the places where today’s entrepreneurs are most likely to choose to build the businesses of tomorrow. Allowing same-sex couples the right to marry enhances our ability to build this kind of environment, which is good for all of us.

We stand for the freedom to marry because it enhances the economic competitiveness of our communities, improves the lives of families that call our cities home, and is simply the right thing to do. We look forward to working to build an America where all people can share in the love and commitment of marriage with the person with whom they share their life.”

We all remember when Mayor Davis made his unfortunate comments to the New York Times about gays not “going to heaven”. He said that the matter was one of his own personal beliefs which has no bearing on his role as mayor. He also claimed that his personal views would never impact his ability to do his job as mayor. We now have proof that this is simply not true. It does impact his job as Mayor of Vallejo. Our mayor does have the right to his own opinions. He does not have the right to jeopardize our city’s economic development in his quest to impose his misguided beliefs on others.

When this group of some of the largest, most productive and most influential cities in the United States came together to support equality for all their citizens, Mayor Davis refused to take part. Even now, after the State and Federal courts have affirmed the constitutional right of all Californians to share in marriage, he still refuses. This is the very same constitution that he swore to uphold as an elected official in California.

We believe the mayor should immediately sign the statement which says that Vallejo is a city in which all people are treated equally, in which all people are welcomed, and in which all people are given the same ability to share in their community as loving committed couples. All people deserve to share their dreams, and share their love with their spouse, and to live as part of a vibrant and productive community where all are treated with the respect they deserve.

Speaking at this year’s Martin Luther King celebration, Mayor Davis said, “We are all God's people and we all need to love everybody. We need to become a drum major for love and to recognize everyone is a human being." If Mayor Davis cannot join in the support for equality of our citizens, he needs to realize that he is failing to follow his own admonitions, he is failing to uphold the constitution to which he has sworn allegiance, and he is also failing to live up to the dream which Dr. Martin Luther King so eloquently advocated.

BETTER VALLEJO

NAACP, VALLEJO CHAPTER

For more information: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/mayors

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Over 200 Mayors have now signed the US Conference of Mayors pledge

      Better Vallejo
      Petition Organizer

      Mayors of 204 cities have now pledged to support marriage equailty. Osby Davis still refuses. We have a long way to go to reach 1000 signatures. Only by sharing this with you friends and family can we get the word out and let the Mayor of Vallejo know that we want him to sign Vallejo as a city which values all people. Please share this with your networks and help us get the word out.

    2. NAACP's Jimmie Jackson and Alice Huffman "They are our community"

      Better Vallejo
      Petition Organizer

      While our freedom from slavery was a moral issue, we did not win it on moral grounds, but, on legal interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. The VII Amendment of the Constitution clearly states: "To enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon district courts of the United States to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations ..." It is not about the immorality of institutionalized discrimination and the denial of basic civil rights, but because these acts violated the United States Constitution, thus the term "civil rights" apply.

      Same-sex partners are members of our community. They are our brothers, sisters, children and friends. God created all of us and they too "are us."

    3. Our efforts featured in Times Herald Op-Ed along with support from NAACP

      Better Vallejo
      Petition Organizer

      Our fight to get marriage equality was a full page spread in the Vallejo Times Herald paper along with a support statement from CA NAACP and Vallejo Chapter NAACP. Make sure your friends know to sign and help support the struggle for marriage equality in Vallejo

    4. 191 mayors have now signed. Napa just added to the list! 100 signatures!

      Better Vallejo
      Petition Organizer

      100 signatures! Thank you all for making the decision to support marriage equality and to support our effort to get Mayor Osby Davis of Vallejo to sign us up alongside the other 191 cities whose mayors have signed on to support marriage equality.

      As we previously said, He is welcome to his opinion, misguided as they are. He is not welcome to jeopardize our city's efforts to succeed in economic development and progress.

      Please send this to as many people as you can, by facebook, twiiter or even just plain old email.:)

      Thank you for your support and we welcome your help as we work to get another 900 signatures.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. So far 75 petitions have landed in Mayor Osby Davis' inbox. We need more.

      Better Vallejo
      Petition Organizer

      Every time a person signs the petition asking Osby Davis to sign the Mayor's Statement for Equality, an email lands in his inbox telling him that people think he's wrong. He's wrong to exclude Vallejo from the list of cities welcoming gay persons to live in our cities and he's wrong to jeopardize our economic vitality to satisfy his misguided religious beliefs.

      Please share this petition with your social network via email, facebook, twitter, myspace, whatever you use. We need to make it clear that he is in the minority and that he's wrong to make us one of the only Bay Area cities which refuses to stand up for the constitutional freedoms of a segment of our population.

    7. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Monica Tipton VALLEJO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because civil rights are for all of us, not just some of us.

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    • Hannah BArtee SANTA ROSA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up in Vallejo and hope to see it recognize and celebrate its diversity.

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    • H. Robert McLaughlin VALLEJO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      As the father of two born-again Christian daughters that just happen to also be lesbian, I want my daughters and everyone else as well to have the right to marry the person they love.

      Mr. Davis, please make up your mind to be a man that serves the office of mayor of all the people of Vallejo, or hide behind your personal beliefs which is contraty to what

      you've said in the past, that your personal beliefs would not hinder the office you serve.

      H. Robert McLaughlin

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    • Celeste Smeland VALLEJO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe in equality

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    • Sarah Nichols VALLEJO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe in equal protection under the law.

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