“Marrying Mayor” Jason West

"Marrying Mayor" Jason West speaks
Jeffrey McGowan
from Gay.com News

Jason West

What a ride it's been for Jason West, the Green Party mayor of New Paltz, N.Y., who garnered national attention when he began marrying same-sex couples in February 2004. Even after being ordered to stop the nuptials and being charged with 24 misdemeanors for presiding over the weddings, the 28-year-old West has never wavered in his commitment to marriage equality or in his pursuit for political change, which he explores in his book, "Dare to Hope: Saving American Democracy."

Author Jeff McGowan -- who was married to his partner, Billiam, by West -- talked to the "Marrying Mayor" about Arnold's promised veto of the California same-sex marriage bill, West's life in the past year and a half and the powerful statement he made on behalf of gay Americans everywhere...

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