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February 14, 2012 > Love Hero Award for Bob Wasserman

Love Hero Award for Bob Wasserman

Submitted By Beth Schaefer

The Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation posthumously honored the late Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman on Sunday, February 5, 2012 with a "Love Hero" award. His wife, Linda Wasserman, accepted the award in the presence of City Council members. The award is given in conjunction with the national Standing on the Side of Love campaign which promotes equality for marginalized communities.

Wasserman is honored for the way he embraced diversity, appointing commissioners from different backgrounds and helping to pass a Council resolution opposing Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage. In a time which the city transformed from a majority-white to majority-Asian population, he led the city with little of the acrimony seen in other communities, encouraging others to respect diversity.

"Our amazing town of Fremont is, by the metric of languages spoken in the home, the most diverse city of its size in America, and perhaps the world. This incredible diversity has occurred at an unprecedented pace and the job Mayor Wasserman has done in helping that complicated dynamic unfold is nothing short of inspirational. Mayor Wasserman's work can serve as a guide to other leaders as they face a similar story in communities across our country as we continue to live more fully into the dream and promise of America," says Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel of the Mission Peak UU Congregation.

For more information about the Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, visit For more about the Standing on the Side of Love campaign, visit

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