Marriage rights activists are stepping up their pressure on Mayor Kevin Johnson to join dozens of other elected officials in supporting gay marriage.
Supporters of gay marriage were expected to drop off 338 signatures this morning at City Hall urging Johnson to join the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Despite telling reporters last week that he would read the pledge, Johnson still hadn't read it as of this morning.
"Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in America and a city like ours needs leaders willing to stand up for all of us," Sam Catalano, president of the Stonewall Democrats, said in a statement. "Supporting marriage equality helps make our city stronger both socially and economically. We are all exceptionally hopeful that Mayor Kevin Johnson stands on the right side of history and we eagerly await his response."
Several other local elected officials have signed the pledge, including Sacramento Supervisor Phil Serna, Councilman Kevin McCarty, SMUD board members Genevieve Shiroma and Nancy Bui-Thompson, Los Rios Community College board member Deborah Ortiz and Roseville school board president Gary Miller.
Johnson told reporters this morning he would read the pledge and meet with Stonewall officials. After that, he said he would decide whether to join the mayors' group "in the not too distant future."