I was on my way to pick up my daughter from soccer practice and noticed and string of about eight “Yes on Eight” signs on both sides of Culver Drive at the corner of Bryan Ave in Irvine (just north of the 5 freeway).Â
What was unusual, was that two people on either side of the street, sitting in a lawn chair.Â Of course, I had to pull over and chat one of them up.Â A woman, mid-40’s, told me they were there to make sure the signs weren’t vandalized.Â There is apparently a gay/lesbian club at Woodbridge High School (or so she says), that has a campaign to damage the Yes on 8 signs. Â I told her I respected her involvement in the process but that I was voting No on 8.
Sensing she might be able to change my mind, she told me, “If we don’t pass 8, churches will lose their tax-exempt status if they refuse to marry gays and lesbians.Â It’s already happened.”Â
I politely told her she was wrong and asked for the name of the church affected, which she couldn’t produce. She also said doctors would be sued for refusing to provide artificial insemination to lesbians.Â Now where that is in the Prop 8 legislation, I have no idea.
And as I was preparing to get back on the road, a car pulled up.Â A teen boy, about 15 or 16, popped out and quickly destroyed two signs.Â The woman, forgetting me, shouted at him and called on her partner across the street for help.Â I’m sure she got the car’s license plate, so to echo Gila’s remarks, don’t destory signs, make a contribution or get some fre No on 8 signs and put them up.Â Better still, get the vote out.Â
I’ve printed out the language in the documentation and plan to drop it off to her this afternoon.Â But if the Yes on 8 crowd has to post guards to protect signs, it tells me their position is in trouble.