From the start, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has been one of the biggest backers of same-sex marriage. So it was a little startling to see him on a courtroom video Wednesday being used to make the case for Proposition 8. But there he was. It came during cross-examination of Yale history professor George Chauncey, an expert on discrimination against gay men and lesbians. Attorneys for two same-sex couples are trying to portray the passage of Prop. 8 as unconstitutional because the campaign infused voters with hatred and animosity toward gays. But lawyers for Prop. 8 are pushing the theory that no, reasonable people can disagree on this controversial topic. So up comes a video of former Miss California Carrie Prejean, saying she thought marriage should be between one man and one woman. Her comments had generated a firestorm and calls for her to step down. But cut to Gavin Newsom in a news clip, opining on her comments. "I want to challenge her on her point of view. But she spoke her conscience. I spoke mine." In other words, defense attorneys noted, opposing gay marriage is simply a matter of conscience not vicious hatred. "Whether you like it or not."
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