Proposition 8 – California’s constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage – passed in California back in November of 2008 reversing a previous court ruling. While Prop 8 did pass in the state, it is important to recognize that Prop 8 met a thunderous defeat in Alameda County 62-38%. In Oakland alone, Prop 8 went down hard.
Melanie Shelby, a candidate for Oakland City Council, District 4 is well known, both in and out of political circles, for her support of Proposition 8 back in 2008. The fact that she is a Prop 8 supporter, though disappointing, is not the main issue per se. The big issue is that she is running for a city council position in a city that heavily voted down the gay marriage ban. So the question that comes up early in this race is this: Is Melanie Shelby really the right person to represent her district?
To help answer this question, i sent an email to Shelby on Monday, June 28th asking for comment on her past support on Prop 8 and current position on same-sex marriage. To date, i have received no reply. This is unfortunate as i now must begin the task of speculating based on my conversations with other political observers.