SF mayor hopeful same-sex marriage will prevail

SF mayor hopeful same-sex marriage will prevail
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference on Proposition 8 at City Hall in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008. Voters put a stop to same-sex marriage in California, dealing a crushing defeat to gay-rights activists in a state they hoped would be a vanguard and putting in doubt as many as 18,000 same-sex marriages conducted since a court ruling made them legal this year. Newsom is opposed to the ballot measure. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom says he's frustrated that voters approved a measure banning same-sex marriage in California, but says he's hopeful the ban won't endure.

Newsom says he's optimistic because only 52 percent of voters favored Proposition 8, compared with 62 percent of voters who favored a ban on same-sex marriage in 2000.

Speaking to reporters in his office, the mayor says he sees hope in "the millions and millions of Californians who said it's wrong to take rights away from people."

The loss was a political defeat for Newsom, who's been one of the most prominent advocates of same-sex marriage. He says the effect on his gubernatorial aspirations is "trivial" and "irrelevant."