California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom was presented with an award honoring his gay advocacy at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco.

GLAAD recognized Newsom's gay rights advocacy with the Golden Gate Award. Previous recipients include Jennifer Beals, Shonda Rhimes, Brooke Shields and Megan Mullally.

Newsom's involvement in the issue of marriage equality goes back more than a decade.

In 2003, then-San Francisco Mayor Newsom ordered city hall clerks to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in violation of state law. Several thousand gay couples were married during the “winter of love,” but eventually the California Supreme Court ordered the city to stop and invalidated all the marriages.

Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel presented the award to her husband.

“There's one fundamental that defines the best of this city,” Newsom told the San Francisco crowd in accepting the award, “and the best of this organization. And that is we don't tolerate diversity, we truly celebrate our diversity. We highlight all those wonderful and interesting differences, but at he end of the day we unite around our common humanity. As Dr. King so eloquently said, 'We are all bound together by a web of mutuality.' We're all in this together.”

(Related: Adam Lambert at GLAAD Media Awards: Love ties generations.)