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03/23/2009

Napa: Whine (you didn't support us!) could dampen bread ($$$)

by Jeremy Hooper

napa-welcome-signLast week, the Napa Valley city council failed to act on a resolution that would've led the area to join other California cities (and the CA legislature) in standing against marriage inequality. So in turn, some gays are choosing to squeeze their spirits from other cities' grapes:

"We want to take a trip with our tax return money and Napa seemed like a nice place," said Holden-Soto, 28, of Modesto. "We like wine and we wanted to go somewhere gay friendly, where we wouldn't have to worry and people wouldn't care. Then I heard about the resolution and thought it might be a bad idea."
Napa doesn't back same-sex marriage, pair axes trip [SF Gate]

Now, there are citable reasons (excuses?) other than homophobia for why council members didn't vote in favor of the resolution (unneeded, locals majority vote against Prop 8 sends enough of a signal, etc.). However, it is admittedly hard for us to see any governmental body forfeiting their chance to weigh in on the civil rights abomination that is Prop 8. That stand against discrimination is a stand in favor of basic civic principles. In the wake of the massive body blow that was Prop 8, a failure to act can feel like yet another face-slap.

But not to be outdone, a councilmember in the neighboring town of St. Helena is putting together his own pro-marriage equality resolution. When it comes to same-sex marriage, here's hoping
this St. Helena proposal will lead Napa council members to say of their own resolution: "this-aint-hell-in-a-proposal".

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