3-Minute Interview: Ruedell Walker

The city worker is one of more than 100 San Francisco employees who are volunteering to help the County Clerk’s Office with same-sex marriages. Walker, a two-year veteran of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is a stationary engineer for the department. The Clerk’s Office, which typically can perform 24 to 25 weddings a day, will today, with the volunteers’ help, be able to perform 500 ceremonies.

Why are you taking part in the training? Just volunteering, trying to help out and being a part of the team. … It seems like they need a lot of people. They need some help.

Are you excited about marriages beginning? Yeah, it’s going to be a part of history. So, how do I put it — I’m part of history, making history happen.

How’s the training? The training is pretty easy so far. I’m in between [work] shifts. I’m coming down here on my split, do the training, and I still have to get back. It’s a busy schedule.

What training have you completed? We just got sworn in — deputized. It does a lot. It allows you to perform marriage ceremonies, bear witness to people that are coming to get married.

Are you doing this for anyone in particular? I don’t know anyone that’s getting married, but I’m from San Francisco, so I’m helping people out here.

Is there a spirit behind your volunteering? Just so everybody can be treated equal. I mean, if that’s your pleasure, that’s what you want to do, you want to make a partner and be able to share everything you have, then so be it.

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