Towleroad, which bills itself as a blog site “with homosexual tendencies” is reporting that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom asked the court to delay announcing its decision as not to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the White Night riots.
Confidential sources close to San Francisco City Hall told Towleroad’s Corey Johnson that the California Supreme Court was prepared to release its opinion on Proposition 8 tomorrow, but decided to delay the ruling after a call from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Newsom reached out to the Supreme Court and asked them to hold off releasing their decision so it did not coincide with the White Night riots,” said our source.
Towleroad notes that the source spoke on condition of anonymity and that the blog has been trying to get an on-the-record source for the story.
The White Night riots took place on May 21, 1979 in San Francisco after the annoucement of the lenient sentencing of Dan White for the assassinations of San Francisco Maytor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk.
The events leading up to the assassinations are the subject of Gus Van Sant’s movie Milk, starring Sean Penn.
The riots caused thousands of dollars in property damage, and the police made a retaliatory raid on a gay bar in the Castro. Many patrons were severely beaten by cops in riot gear. Arrests were made, lawsuits filed, and the show of strength by the gay community resulted in Mayor Dianne Feinstein appointing a gay-friendly police chief, which eased tensions and lead to the hiring of more gay officers.
Since the movie Milk ended before the verdict, I’ll share this short clip of the White Night riots with you: