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Aliso Mayor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Pledge

Mayor Carmen Cave showed her support for same-sex marriage in a pledge.

What does Aliso Viejo Mayor Carmen Cave share in common with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa? (Besides being mayors, of course).

All three have signed the Mayors for Freedom to Marry pledge. The text of the pledge includes the following: "I personally know many gay and lesbian people living in our city who are in committed, long-term relationships, ... who deserve to be able to marry the person with whom they share their life."

Last March, Mayor Don Garcia chose not to sign the pledge. He said he did not know many gay couples in Aliso Viejo, and said having his name affixed to the pledge before he signed it left a "bad taste" in his mouth.

Cave said she fully expects push-back for the decision to sign, as she explains in the brief Q&A below:

Patch: Why did you choose to sign the pledge?

Mayor Cave: I signed because I believe in equality for all people.

Patch: How you think it will impact the city, if at all? 

Cave: I don't believe it will affect the city. While it is a mayor's pledge, it was me, not the city.

Patch: Do you expect any criticism for signing?

Cave: I fully expect criticism for signing. In fact, after the horrific treatment of Mayor Garcia for not signing last year, I was concerned about what might happen to me.

Aliso residents and gay couple Alex and Rick Gill-Gerard presented the pledge to both mayors. Alex said that by signing the pledge, it shows further acceptance of homosexuality in a traditionally conservative county.

"By having her sign it, other mayors might come on board, and just regular people see more and more people are getting on board with this," he said.

Alex Gill-Gerards February 01, 2013 at 02:30 AM
It didn't matter if Garcia didn't sign it or not. It was the comments he made that caused me to continue to call him out at city council meetings. This was totally up to Carmen if she wanted to sign it. And we truly thank her for signing it.
Green Mavin February 01, 2013 at 05:10 AM
"horrific treatment of Mayor Garcia?" Give me a break. The voters spoke and was voted out. When will his croanies stop whining about the election. It's over. Move on!
Rocky February 01, 2013 at 05:29 AM
When I went to Catholic school (12 years), I was taught to love my neighbor as myself. I am very supportive of people and public figures who practice these same moral values.
ChristieD February 01, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Thank you Mayor Carmen Cave for supporting ALL people in this beautiful city of Aliso Viejo!
MayMom February 01, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Bravo Mayor Cave!!!! No criticism here. I believe everybody deserves equal rights.
Capo Parent Too February 01, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I'm very glad Mayor Cave signed this pledge but her not understanding why Garcia was criticized for not signing shows what is dysfunctional about some of our Council members. It wasn't that he didn't sign it but that he waffled so badly and never came out decisively and showed how out of touch he is with Aliso Viejo as a community. We do have many gay and lesbian people living in our community, I know of so many myself and it shows that he does not know his city at all. He made the whole thing worse by his comments and by nitpicking on why he wouldn't sign it. Mayor Cave needs to realize that her inability to see this or refusal to acknowledge this fact will continue to paint her as someone who is not in tune with the community. There are consequences when you make choices as a representative and it's rarely personal when you are called out on these things. Mayor Cave takes them far too personally.
unknownauthor February 01, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Thank you Mayor Carmen Cave for signing the pledge......
Corrine K February 01, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Carmen Cave cannot seem to get the message. The voters spoke. Don Garcia is off the council, but she still has her majority, and she can still force her agenda through as she has for years. She needs to drop it and move on.
Kathleen K February 02, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Why IS she still talking about Don Garcia? He's off the city council, and off the radar.
Storm February 02, 2013 at 03:07 AM
The clear point here ladies and gents is Cave signed it and Garcia didnt! Cave CLEARLY shows that she is commitmented and has the courage to follow thru and dedicate herself to taking care of ALL the people in her community and to see that ALL are treated equally. Many Many Thanks to Cave for having more Cojones than the last mayor (Garcia) who I'm sorry to say (in my opinion) was more worried more about his reputation than the people. Carmen Cave you are a courageous woman and you rock! I'm very thankful and proud you are our mayor!
I Like Mike February 02, 2013 at 05:37 AM
She's not my mayor, and she's not my mom. For Carmen Cave, it's all too personal.

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