Same-sex marriage advocate defends Dennis Herrera

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Same-sex couples, who say San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera defended them in order to allow them the right to marry seven years ago, are now returning the favor.

Phyllis Lyon, the LGBT community and state officials are joining forces to defend Herrera in what they are calling a smear campaign just weeks before the San Francisco mayoral election in which he hope to become mayor, above nearly a dozen other candidates.

Lyon and her late wife, Del Martin, were one of the first same-sex couples married in 2004 after then-Mayor Gavin Newsom called for the issuance of marriage licenses. Lyon says the unnamed sources in news reports released Wednesday that says Herrera did not agree with the decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses “are wrong,” she stated in a letter.

“These politically motivated attackers are hoping we’ll forget the years of hard work Dennis and his deputies invested – and continue to invest even now, in the federal challenge to Prop 8 – for LGBT equality,” Lyon stated.

Lyon calls on the LGBT community to support Herrera on Thursday at a rally at noon at the Harvey Milk Plaza at Castro and Market streets.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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