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Mayor Sanders to testify in federal Prop 8 case

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders was expected to testify Tuesday morning in a federal case over Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in California.

Sanders, who is scheduled to testify at 8:30 a.m., will later address reporters on the courthouse steps in San Francisco, where the case is being heard, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The Republican mayor, whose daughter is a lesbian, was against gay marriage until December 2007, when he surprised many of his conservative supporters with a tearful announcement that he would no longer oppose it.

“He’s testifying essentially on his experience on the issue and why he believes marriage equality is important from a government perspective,” spokesman Darren Pudgil told the Union-Tribune.

Voters approved Proposition 8 in November 2008, just six months after same-sex marriage was legalized in the state. The plaintiffs in the federal case in which Sanders is set to testify today are two couples who were denied marriage licenses under Prop. 8. The couples argue Prop. 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

This story was written and edited by City News Service staff and republished on SDGLN via a portal partnership agreement with San Diego News Network.