Mr. (may I call you Mister?) Mayor:
Since the terms "natural family," "marriage" and "family values" have been deemed homophobic, disruptive, hostile and intolerably inflammatory, how does one apply for a "marriage" license if that is such a derogatory word to city government workers?
If you, Sir, (if I may address you in such a manner) or anyone else in local government, are "married" to a person of the (warning: non gender-neutral term ahead!) opposite sex, are you allowed to bring that spouse to official functions? I hope not. It's no longer politically correct in Oakland and you could save your government a lot of money by disallowing it.
What about (warning: more non gender-neutral terms ahead!) healthy male/female couples who want to have children by good old fashioned "natural" insemination? Can they legally start a "family" if one or both parents work for you, and can they announce the birth of their child on the employee bulletin board? Personally, I guess it wouldn't be a problem if the genders of the parents and baby are not disclosed, but how that particular child was conceived might be an issue to some. Shudder the thought.
Isn't your government inferring that same-sex couples are not qualified to have, nor are capable of believing in, "family values" by banning that term, so there can be no perception of targeting and excluding that group?
You may send me your answers through the good old U.S. Postal Service. As far as I know, it's still legal to do that.
David B. Knechel