Gay mayor of California town sworn in

Thu. May 6, 2010 12:00 AM by News Staff

sierra madre mayor joe mosca

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Fourth gay mayor in Los Angeles County

Sierra Madre, Calif. - A 37-year-old gay man has been sworn in as the new mayor of Sierra Madre, California.

Joe Mosca is an attorney for Southern California Gas Company. He doesn't see his sexuality as being a big deal vis a vis his new job.

"For residents, the quality of life in Sierra Madre and what we are doing about the police department and the fire department and some of the other issues in the city, the budget, are much more pressing and much more important than whether Joe's gay or straight, and rightly so," he told the Pasadena Star News.

There are currently four other openly gay mayors in Los Angeles County, according to the paper: Mayor John Heilman of the City of West Hollywood, Manhattan Beach Mayor Mitch Ward, and Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin.

Mosca and his husband, Dr. Matt Bosse, were married during the six month period during which it was legal in California. They have a 3-month-old son, Garrett.

"I'd also like to thank my partner Matt, who is absolutely my strength in life and always gives me the ability to focus on what's important in life and my son Garrett, the little red-head right there who is up past his bedtime," said Mosca after he was sworn in. "Just one look in his eyes and his smile, it just really kind of makes you feel like the world is perfect."

Sierra Madre is a town of about 10,000 people.

The previous Mayor Pro Tem said residents really don't care whether Mosca is gay or not.

"I think the fact that it doesn't appear to factor into the votes of people in this town should be a source of pride," John Buchanan said.