May 10th, 2012
07:46 PM ET
6 years ago

L.A. mayor said he knew same-sex marriage announcement was coming

(CNN) - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he was forewarned of President Barack Obama's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage.

"I did know a couple of weeks ago that something would be said soon on this issue," he said on CNN's "John King, USA."

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Villaraigosa also said a vote held Tuesday in North Carolina to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage wouldn't prevent Democrats from holding their convention in the state.

Asked by King whether the party should switch cities, Villaraigosa said, "I don't think so."

The mayor, who serves as the chairman of the convention, continued: "Look, we're already far down the way in terms of planning for this convention. It's going to be the most open and accessible. North Carolina is an important state, we're going to work to win the hearts and minds of votes, of the voters there. We're going to go ahead with the convention there in September."

The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to begin September 3.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Paul Ernest Show

    The president is the president for all Americans, regardless of class, gender, etc. He and all office holders have constitutional duties to protect the rights of all Americans, including the right to choose. America chooses to be a democratic nations and must live out all the true meanings of it-freedom. We all have the responsibility of respecting those who are not like us, instead of criminalizing their lifestyles. Society is rapidly evolving, and it's hard to find ideal things because of the quick changing times. We all got to get on with the program. Stick with Bishop Romney or go with the wheels of change. After hundreds of years trying to eradicate prostitution, it is still with us, and the same with homosexuality. We might as well accept it, that it would always be with us. At least respect it even if you don't like it. It's deeply rooted in our beloved freedom.

    May 10, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. belinda

    I, as a Hispanic, would never even drive through that state. Much less visit, this clearly, racist state. I encourage the Country, to boycott this state in any way possible.

    May 10, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Good for all.

    May 10, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. DENNA

    Come on people, gay Americans have to have their rights respected too. They should not be forced to live in limbo by a mentally arthritic mindset such as the one we have here in America.

    May 10, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Is it a big deal???obama 2012.

    May 10, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. Sydnium S. Adolsen

    Mayor Psychic, I presume. (snickers)

    May 10, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. judy

    To bad NC dosent deserve the revinue generated by the convention. Obama 2012

    May 10, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  8. Emerson

    Memo to Democratic Party: This is not a big issue for most Americans. Live and let live on social issues, but the poeple want to see leadership on issues of the economy, energy and education and how America will retain its place as the leader of the free world. Ask the people to give the President a majority in both houses of Congress and pledge to continue to govern in a bipartisan manner. As to the GOP with its "Our way or the Highway" philosophy – ask the American people to show them the highway.

    May 10, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

    Please , be cool , don't act like a yo yo !

    May 11, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  10. S.S

    This is for Romney to throw away!! the first half black American President have thrown religious churches and families under the bus!! but what do you expect when its perfectly written " Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a LIE and worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed for EVER! AMEN. For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, an din the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and in their own persons the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. They were filled every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious towards parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know God's decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die- yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them. Just have a look whether those adjectives fits Obama and his farthest of the let agenda!! if yes! he is your guy if no hold your nose vote Romney.

    May 11, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |