Driving around doing my Sunday errands today I was stopped at an intersection with a few people holding up signs in favor of Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment that would deny same-sex couples the right to marry (see my No on 8 vlog here). The slogan on their signs was, "Prop 8 = Free Speech."
Having nothing else to do while waiting for a long signal, I rolled down the window and and asked, "How does Prop 8 have anything to do with free speech?"
"The people voted against gay marriage in 2002, and judges overturned it!" was his reply.
"Because it was found to be unconstitutional. It had nothing to do with free speech," I answered. "Obviously you still have the right to be as intolerant as you like," (maybe I shouldn't have said that?)
"They already have all the rights!" he said, thankfully changing the subject from my accusation of his intolerance.
"Let me ask you something," I attempted, "What would you do if somebody decided that your marriage could only be called a 'partnership'?"
He turned away. I guess I stumped him.
"Would you call that equal?" I tried again.
"Have a nice day," he told me between clenched teeth.
"Can you answer the question? Would you be satisfied if your marriage were reduced to a 'partnership'?"
A scowl was all I got from him.
"Of course not," I answered. "So you're a hypocrite as well as a liar," (I have a tendency for going too far), "Have a nice day!" The light changed and I drove off.
On the brighter side, I had a nice talk with a McCain supporter at Trader Joe's (I was wearing an Obama shirt, of course). We each agreed that it looked like an Obama victory, but that we didn't trust the polls either way. So, if you haven't voted yet, be sure to get out there on Tuesday and do what you've got to do!