Don't act surprised, you knew this was coming.
To some voters in municipal elections, "social issues" are an irrelevancy and a cynical distraction. But to many others, these issues rise to the level of trust and character issues, as well as an indication of a candidate's ability to grasp how enhancing diversity and vigorously opposing societal privilege benefits cities and organizations.
A cursory Google search turned up interesting factoids from Wagner's past on Pittsburgh City Council and in the State Senate, back when he had to make important decisions:
In 1990, Wagner refused to pander to gay rights activists in that he voted against adding "sexual orientation" to the City's anti-discrimination law in the Human Relations Act.
Wagner was a prime sponsor of a Pittsburgh City Council resolution declaring it "Respect Life Week". Too long ago? In 2000, the pro-life senator co-signed a letter urging the state House to adopt an amendment penalizing women's health centers for mentioning abortion or where to get them.
And he opposed the City Personnel Director's and Mayor Richard Caliguiri 's initiative to diversify the Fire Bureau by easing one of the physical standards on tests for new city Firefighters recruits, out of concern about being unfair to male applicants and ruining the force. At the time, the Fire Dept. had one female in its employ.
In the mid-90's, Wagner opposed efforts to integrate city schools, through either busing or redistricting, opting instead to protect "neighborhood schools".
But for all that, this may be my personal favorite:
Politicians and people can change, or at least change their official positions. Some change slowly, whereas some actually don't need to -- they've been ahead of the curve. However, taken all together, the above material indicates to this voter that it will always be more of an uphill battle for women, minorities, civil rights activists and socially liberal voters to motivate Jack Wagner to "get" their concerns and "act" accordingly. After all, Jack Wagner does not pander.