Jimmy Kimmel Live: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom On Gay Marriage
Gavin Newsom, the Lt. Gov. of California, was the mayor of San Francisco in 2003 when he ordered city hall clerks to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples even in violation of the state laws. Several thousand couples were married but the California Supreme Court eventually overruled the decision, and all the marriages were pronounced invalid.
Since then he has continually expressed his awe at the progress gay marriage has been making in our country. He told Larry King he never thought he would see the day when a President endorsed marriage equality as President Obama has. Also while talking with Larry King he said, “to deny people the ability to live their lives out loud and to fall in love and express that love and devotion and faith to one another was something that upset me.”
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Gavin Newsom Citizenville Book Review
In Newsom’s new book, Citizenville, he argues that access to government data will lead people to advance their ideas about government and the internet. The book takes an in-depth look at how digital tools are changing the way we as citizens are able to act alongside and learn about our governments.
Newsom, who wrote the book along with Lisa Dickey, argues the more government data people are allowed to use, the more ideas that can come to life and the more transparent the government is going to seem. It is a win-win for everybody.
He uses many examples in the book of technology being used to bring people together and solve the problems the government can’t, won’t or didn’t even know it should fix. One such example is Code for America. Jennifer Pahlka, a tech veteran, got the idea for the program after looking at Teach for America and the Peace Corp. By working with forward thinking cities, Pahlka is able to identify government problems and then recruit web developers or designers to fix the problem. One problem they fixed was creating a map for Boston citizens that shows them where snowbound fire hydrants are so they can dig them out in case of emergency.