The city council
of Los Altos, located south of San Francisco, surprised
gay rights supporters Tuesday night by voting to repeal a
ban on proclamations relating to sexual orientation.
The ban had been in place since February, after the
local high school gay-straight alliance asked for a
gay pride day proclamation.
The San JoseMercury-News reports the ban sent shock waves
through the suburban city of 28,000 and drew the attention
of the media and the ACLU. The civil liberties group
implied it might sue and organized protests, including
one that took place Tuesday.
At a news conference nearly three dozen local
business owners and residents called for the council
to lift its self-imposed ban. At the council meeting
that followed, council members voted unanimously to
comply. Mayor Ron Packard, who voted for the ban in
February, said he'd changed his mind in part because
of a presentation from the high school GSA on July 11.
The council voted to give the mayor power to
issue any proclamation he wants without council
action. (Sirius OutQ News)