Oakland sends Valentines to LGBTs
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan used Valentine's Day Tuesday to host a reception in City Hall to celebrate last week's federal court ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Among those who attended were Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker, left, San Francisco Chief deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart, and out Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. In her remarks, Stewart thanked Oakland for its participation in fighting Prop 8 (the city was one of nearly two-dozen that filed an amicus brief during the state court hearings) and she acknowledged Oakland resident Helen Zia and her mother, both of whom provided important testimony during the federal Prop 8 case, Perry v. Brown. About 50 people who attended the reception enjoyed sparkling cider and cake to mark the occasion.