This might surprise those folks who think I'm out there looking for any ol' reason to take shots at San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, but concerning David Silva's piece in this week's CityBeat about whether DeMaio should be expected to state his opinion on Prop. 8, I'm in the camp that doesn't think he should. But I can see both sides. ---
DeMaio didn't gallop into City Hall on a gay horse; he ran on a platform of taxpayer advocacy and government reform. He's a fiscally conservative Republican who happens to be gay. While I might be interested in knowing what his views on Prop. 8 are, I don't see what the overriding public interest is in knowing his stance.
Now, if he were against Prop. 8, that would be relevant because, as a Republican, he could conceivably sway other Republicans to reconsider their positions, and that leads me to surmise that he's either for Prop. 8 or is ambivalent. And what's the point of coming out for it? It would invite criticism from the gay community and distract from the things DeMaio is fighting for at City Hall. I can totally see why he wants to stay out of it.
I only start to waiver in my opinion when I replace DeMaio with, say, Tony Young and gay people with, say, black people. If there were an initiative seeking to take rights away from black Californians, would I expect Tony Young, a black man, to say something about it? Probably.
I'd like to know what our readers think. What say you?