San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

Officials with the Black Tie Dinner announced today that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will be the keynote speaker at this year’s dinner, being held Oct. 3 at the Sheraton Dallas hotel.

Newsom became a hero in the marriage equality movement in 2004 when he ordered the San Francisco city/county clerk to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court stopped the marriages a couple of months later and ordered that the same-sex marriages already performed there be annulled. But Newsom’s action sparked the lawsuit that led to the court’s 2008 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in California.

That ruling was overturned with the passage of the Proposition 8 voter initiative last November.

Black Tie Dinner officials have already announced that Judy Shepard will receive the Elizabeth Birch Award, that Steve Atkinson will receive the Kuchling Humanitarian Award and that Cyndi Lauper will receive the Media Award at this year’s dinner.

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