The University of San Francisco School of Law has announced its plans to honor The Honorable John V. Roos, a former United States ambassador to Japan and a public supporter of same-sex marriage, according to the University’s website.
Roos will receive an honorary degree and deliver the commencement speech on May 17.
In 2008, a number of business leaders from the Silicon Valley signed a public letter urging Californians to vote against Proposition 8, the voter referendum that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
The letter flatly contradicted the work of the bishops who stood for traditional marriage. The letter, which Roos signed, stated:
Silicon Valley Leaders Urge You to Stand for Equality.
Vote No on Proposition 8.
As Silicon Valley leaders, we are committed to equality and fairness. We are opposed to Proposition 8 because it would change our state constitution to take away rights from one group of people. It would set our state, and our country, back in the fight for fundamental fairness and equal rights.
Please join us by reaching out to friends and neighbors and asking them to stand for fairness: Vote No on Proposition 8 on November 4th.
As President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Japan, Roos said in an opinion piece, “the U.S. government has been working with overseas partners to raise awareness of gay rights and push for greater equality for LGBT individuals. More and more, people around the world are coming to understand that gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”
He implored “let us continue to make clear that the struggle for gay rights is part and parcel of the long-term fight for civil rights that has made better places of America, Japan and the entire world.”
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